Fifa President Gianni Infantino has defended the proposed Madrid-hosted Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors as an “exceptional situation.”
The second leg of the Superclasico was delayed and eventually postponed after River Plate fans attacked Boca’s team bus outside of the Millonarios’ home stadium.
Infantino, while speaking with reporters at a media conference during the G20 summit, opposed to federations holding official matches outside of their home continent.
He said: “Football is based on national associations who play their competitions in their countries and continental competitions who play on their continents and then FIFA who can play its competitions everywhere,”
“This is one of the strengths of football we should protect.”
However, Infantino declared the Copa final in Madrid a bigger failure to not stage the contest at all.
“This is an exceptional situation,” added Infantino. “A game which already has a huge rivalry couldn’t be played.
“Football must always carry on, to not play a game is always a defeat.”