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Tevez: Spain have set the right example for dealing with Ultras

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Carlos Tevez.

River Plate and Boca Juniors have both arrived in Madrid ahead of the rearranged second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final, and Carlos Tevez has made clear that Spain has set the right example for dealing with Ultra fan groups.

Boca‘s team bus was attacked by supporters throwing bottles and stones, and the local police response of firing tear-gas only exacerbated the situation due to the broken windows on the coach.

A number of the visiting players were left injured, the most serious being Pablo Perez, whilst Tevez himself was left affected by the incident.

Spain has set the right example with how to deal with Ultras,” he explained at an interview conducted at the Ciudad del Futbol.

“They’ve shown a firm hand.

“A final can be won by the smallest margin, it’s important that we have a clear head.”

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was chosen to host the rearranged fixture after days of intense negotiations which included several proposals from Qatar and Paraguay.

Despite his initial reservations at playing the match at all, the former Manchester United goal-scorer has made clear that it isn’t an issue caused by players of either team.

“I apologise to the fans, it’s a player’s decision, it’s a Conmebol problem,” he confirmed.

“It’s a Libertadores match and they simply don’t think about either the fans or the players.

“As one of my friends said, Conmebol is three crazy people sat behind a desk, they don’t understand anything.”

The match in Madrid will be historic for a multitude of reasons, not least because it will be the last time the competition will ever featured a two-legged final, with Conmebol electing to move to the Champions League model of a one-off final played at a neutral venue from 2019.

One of the reasons why the pre-match tension outside the Estadio El Monumental was so high was the eternal bragging rights the victor would have taken.

Just imagine Barcelona defeating Real Madrid, or vice-versa, in a two-legged final at the other team’s stadium in the knowledge that the symmetrical revenge could never be taken due to an imminent change in format.

Furthermore, the fact it’s being played on a different continent is incredibly unique, so much so that Tevez believes is will be a strange atmosphere, not that he’s letting that diminish the meaning of the encounter though.

“It’s a strange feeling to play a Copa Libertadores final at the Bernabeu, I don’t agree with it,” he intimated.

“I haven’t spoken to any River players, but I’d have no problems doing so.

“The important thing today is to talk about the match, because that’s what everybody wants to see.

“I’m proud to be a Boca player and to wear these colours.”

This story was originally published by Marca

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