Call for final in Argentina to be moved for teams’ Jewish fans

THE presidents of the teams in the final of the Copa Libertadores have asked that it be rescheduled “to respect our Jewish fans”.

South American’s annual football tournament, the equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, has scheduled the two-legged final for Saturdays, November 10 and 24.

For the first time, two Argentinian teams, Boca Juniors and River Plate, will battle for the cup.

The presidents of the arch-rival clubs both asked to move the games to Sundays in order to allow Jewish fans to attend the games or watch them on television.

Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici said: “We are highly respectful of our Jewish supporters.”

River Plate president Rodolfo D´Onofrio added: “The issue isn’t only attending the game. They also cannot see the match on TV on Saturday. They wrote me in despair.”

In March, River Plate hosted an exhibition about football during the Holocaust, while Boca Juniors inaugurated the first permanent kosher fast food outlet in a Latin America football stadium in August.

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