Qatar reportedly offers $13.5m to host Copa Libertadores final

Qatar has reportedly offered Conmebol $13.5m for the rights to host the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Yesterday, Conmebol confirmed that the game would take place outside of Argentina after crowd trouble, including an attack on the Boca team bus, caused the game to be postponed twice over the weekend.

The UAE had emerged as an early frontrunner to stage the game, as it will also host the Fifa Club World Cup in December, for which the winner of the tie will qualify.

According to Greek newspaper Gazetta, Qatar has put forward the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha as the venue for the fixture, and offered a significant fee for the hosting rights.

The report says the game will be played at either 13:00 or 15:00 on Saturday 8th December.

It may yet be called off entirely, as Conmebol are set to rule today on Boca’s request that River be expelled from the competition.