City of Genoa offers to host Libertadores final as Security Minister resigns over bus attack

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Martin Ocampo has resigned his cabinet post in Buenos Aires while the fate of the aborted fixture remains shrouded in uncertainty

The city of Genoa has offered to host the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between bitter Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

The conclusion of the first Superclasico final in Copa Libertadores history was initially planned for Saturday, but an attack on Boca's team bus led to a delayed kick-off and subsequent postponement.

CONMEBOL planned for the game to go ahead on Sunday but it was again postponed, with no new date or venue yet confirmed by South American football's governing body.

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But a potential solution has been suggested by Genoa, with the Stadio Luigi Ferraris put forward as a possible host venue for the match.

Boca were founded by immigrants hailing from Genoa, while one of the clubs that merged to form River also has strong historic links with the Italian city.

Genoa is recovering as a city following the collapse of the Morandi Bridge, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people in August.

"We would be very proud to host important clubs like Boca and River in our city by welcoming them in what, in some ways, is also their first home," said the city of Genoa's sports director Stefano Anzalone.

"It would also be a further opportunity to give international visibility in Genoa at this time of difficulty and to renew the profound sense of friendship that historically unites us with those societies."
 2018-11-25 Perez Boca Juniors Libertadores 2018

Back in Buenos Aires, meanwhile, the failed security operation that left Boca's team bus facing hundreds of hostile home fans with minimal police support has claimed its first political casualty. 

The city's Security Minister, Martin Ocampo, tended his resignation on Monday, just hours after representatives of the Buenos Aires government had confirmed him in his post.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday to determine a new date and venue for the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

Boca, meanwhile, have filed an official request to be awarded the points from the aborted decider, making them the new Libertadores champions, although River argue in turn that the violent incidents are the responsibility of security authorities and not the club.

River scored two equalisers in the first leg at Boca's Bombonera stadium to leave the Superclasico in the balance.

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