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Boca Juniors have Copa Libertadores appeal rejected by CAS

Boca Juniors' last-minute attempt to suspend Sunday's Copa Libertadores final against River Plate was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday, clearing the way for the decisive match to take place in Madrid.

Boca filed their appeal to sport's highest court on Friday after the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) rejected their claim that River Plate should be disqualified from the continent's equivalent of Europe's Champions League.

CONMEBOL, the governing body for South American football, turned down a previous request last week.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an urgent request for provisional measures filed yesterday by CA Boca Juniors in which it sought to suspend the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores," CAS said in a statement.

The organisation said it would nevertheless hear the merits of Boca's appeal at an undisclosed later date.

The teams drew the first leg 2-2 at Boca's Bombonera ground on Nov. 11.

Boca had wanted CONMEBOL to award them victory in the second leg after it was postponed due to crowd violence by River Plate hooligans in the vicinity of the Monumental stadium on Nov. 24 that left fans and several Boca players injured.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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