The Copa Libertadores decision between River Plate and Boca Juniors, shrouded in controversy over last Saturday's incidents, which caused great confusion, and the postponement to a date to be defined by Conmebol may happen away from Buenos Aires. On Monday, the city of Genoa, Italy, offered to host the return match between Argentine rivals, which is scheduled for the Estadio Monumental de Nuñez, the Plate river house.
By a letter written by Genoa's Sports Secretary Stephen Anzalone, Daniel Angelici's River Plate Rodolfo D'Onofrio, President of the Boca Juniors, were invited to return to their origins and challenge the decision at the Luigi di Ferraris stadium, which on Sunday received the classic city between Genoa and Sampdoria – a 1-1 draw for the Italian Championship.
In the letter, Anzalone speaks of the ties between Genoa and the two Argentinian clubs – both of which were founded by Genoese immigrants in the early twentieth century, in the neighborhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires. In the case of Boca Juniors, the word xeneize, which is a nickname for the team's fans, comes from the Italian zeneises or zeneixi, which is Genoese. On the River Plate, the white and red colors were adopted in honor of the Genovean flag.
"We would be very proud to host clubs as big as Boca and the River and get them in our city, which is, in a way, their first home," Anzalone said. "It would also be another opportunity to give Genoa international visibility in this period of difficulty and to renew the deep sense of friendship that unites us historically with these societies (clubs)," he added.
On Tuesday, Conmebol will hold an extraordinary meeting at its headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, with the presidents of the two clubs to set the date and time of the second match of the final – the first to end with a 2-2 draw in the stadium At Bombonera, the house of Boca Juniors.
On Saturday, the Boca Juniors bus was hit by bottles and stones upon arrival at the Monumental de Nuñez stadium. Several players were injured and the match, originally scheduled for 18 hours (from Brasilia), was postponed twice before final postponement until Sunday. The next day, La Bombonera's club claimed the absence of "equality conditions" and managed to postpone the duel in one day to be defined by Conmebol.