Four links here, three audio and one written. It’s just under a week since River Plate players were attacked with home-made pepper spray by a Boca Juniors barra brava, causing the cancellation of the second half of their Copa Libertadores last sixteen superclásico, and Boca’s disqualification from the tournament (as well as first degree burns to four River players). As you can imagine, it’s been a busy week for those of us who write and talk about Argentine football. Here’s what I’ve been doing.
First, when the whole thing kicked off I was commentating on the match from my sofa for Rabble TV, and if you’ve got a few hours spare you can listen back, from a pretty uneventful and dull first half through to the chaos that ensued as the second was meant to be starting. I’ll be occasionally commentating on big games on Rabble, by the way; my next appearance there will be this Sunday afternoon, when Racing host Independiente in the clásico de Avellaneda.
Next, I wrote this piece for ESPNFC in an attempt to explain some of the discussions around the fracas and the subsequent CONMEBOL decision to expel Boca from this year’s Copa Libertadores.
No week in Argentine football would be complete, of course, without a Hand Of Pod recording, and this week I was joined by Peter Coates for a special early recording on Monday, to discuss the debacle with the benefit of a few days’ hindsight.
And finally, I was a guest on World Soccer Talk Radio right after that HOP recording, talking their listeners through the incident, the sanctions and the reaction to all of it here in Buenos Aires.