Due to the crisis in Chile, the final of the Copa Libertadores moved to Peru

The match between River Plate and Flamengo was originally scheduled for Santiago on 23 November. This withdrawal comes on top of a series of cancellations in the country.

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Conmebol President Alejandro Dominguez announced the change of Luque, Paraguay, on Tuesday, November 5th. Jorge Saenz / AP

The final of the Copa Libertadores, originally scheduled for November 23 in Santiago between River Plate and Flamengo, will be played in Lima in Peru because of the social crisis in Chile, said Tuesday, November 5 the Conmebol.

This is a new snag for the Chilean authorities but also for the venerable competition of South American clubs, which had already had to relocate in Madrid the final return in 2018 between the rivals Argentinian River Plate and Boca Juniors after violence in Buenos Aires .

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"New circumstances of force majeure and issues of public order, analyzed and evaluated with caution (…) justified the decision to move the final of the Copa Libertadores 2019 in Lima, Peru, maintaining the date of 23 November"said in a statement the Conmebol. "The choice of this new host city is based on the proposal of the Peruvian government and the security guarantees that have been provided", added the instance, in consultation with the Argentines of River Plate and the Brazilians of Flamengo.

The Chilean government, through the voice of Sports Minister Cecilia Perez, had guaranteed last week the good performance of the meeting despite the unrest. But the players of the meeting were worried, like the River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo, holding the trophy. "It worries me, all this is very worrying for the Chilean people"said the technician.

COP 25, APEC Summit and Canceled Matches

The withdrawal of this final in Chile is in addition to a series of cancellations in the country, in the grip of a lively agitation caused on October 18 by an increase in the price of the metro ticket (since canceled).

On Tuesday, the Chilean Federation canceled a friendly match of its national team against Bolivia, scheduled for November 15 in Concepcion. The selection will move however well in Lima to face Peru, always in friendly, on November 19th, specified the instance.

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The conflict in Chile also led to the cancellation of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) summit to be held in Santiago on 16 and 17 November, and the UN climate conference COP 25 , also planned in the capital in December.


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