Riquelme: “It’s a shame, it’s incredible, the Copa Libertadores isn’t serious like that”


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Riquelme: "It's a shame, it's incredible, the Copa Libertadores isn't serious like that"

Hurt, angry and even surprised. This was shown Juan Román Riquelme, vice president of Boca Juniors and the club’s top idol, spoke after the scandal in Brazil, when the team led by Miguel Ángel Russo was left out in the round of 16 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup with a lot of controversy, because via the VAR canceled two goals against Xeneize, one in the first leg in Buenos Aires and another in the rematch in Brazil.

“We are sad, hurt, because we played two very serious games and they didn’t charge us two goals. They said that Atlético Mineiro was the cuckoo of the Copa Libertadores … It’s incredible: Boca won both games and was left out of the tournament,” said Riquelme .

“The Champions League and the Copa Libertadores are two very important tournaments and this championship cannot lose prestige like that. Boca deserved to win in both games, they didn’t want to collect the goals from us. I congratulate the players, because the boys competed well, they prepared good, but they didn’t let us pass, “added the Xeneize’s historic No. 10.

“They scored two goals and did not validate them. It hurts, it is very sad. I loved playing the Libertadores, it is wonderful, but this is unfortunate, ordinary, we are not taking care of the Cup. It had always been a very serious tournament, it happened to us against Mineiro and also in the first leg to Cerro Porteño in his series in the first leg, “he added.

And he went further: “It is a shame, it is incredible, the Copa Libertadores is not serious. If you play all day and they do not give you the goals … And to top it off, the videos were seen with the president of Mineiro who threw bottles Everything happened … We are very sad about what they did to us. “

“This is very strange what they did with Boca. I never saw something like it. The fans are angry, like us. This is unfortunate,” Riquelme concluded.


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