Peru asks FIFA to move Argentina qualifier from Boca stadium

FILE - In this May 4, 2008 file photo, Boca Juniors fans cheer prior to an Argentine soccer league game against River Plate at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires. Peruvian football officials have on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, asked FIFA to shift the World Cup qualifier against Argentina next month from Boca Junior's Bombonera stadium. (AP Photo/Daniel Luna, File)

LIMA, Peru (AP) Peruvian football officials have asked FIFA to shift the World Cup qualifier against Argentina next month from Boca Junior’s Bombonera stadium.

In a letter to FIFA general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, the Peruvian Football Association says it ”will be difficult to ensure” the safety of ”the Peruvian association as well as the thousands of fans who will travel from Peru for the historic match.”

A match in 2015 between Boca Juniors and archrival River Plate was suspended when River players were sprayed by fans with an irritant similar to tear gas.

Peru and Argentina meet on Oct. 5. With two games remaining, they are tied on qualifying points and are trying to land one of four automatic berths from South America to play in next year’s finals in Russia.