The AFA had already postponed competitions at the youth level, while reserve and first division matches continued to take place without an audience
The Argentine Football Association finally decided to completely suspend football within the national territory. The measure covers all categories and is valid, at least for now, until March 31.
The AFA had already postponed competitions at the children’s and youth levels, while the reserve and first division matches continued to take place but without an audience.
However, the pressure of the footballers themselves, who had agreed to a meeting for this Wednesday, led the AFA to make the decision to suspend football.
With the suspension in Argentina, all the countries of the South American continent have already opted to stop competition in order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. During the last weekend, during the dispute of the first date of the Super League Cup, River chose not to appear on Saturday against Atlético Tucumán, after a footballer from the reserve Thomas Gutiérrez presented symptoms of the disease, although later the test gave him negative.
River’s anticipatory attitude
A few hours before the AFA announced the decision to suspend soccer, the River Plate players, accompanied by the coaching staff led by Marcelo Gallardo, established their position and confirmed the position of not returning to training until Tuesday, March 31, at least, by virtue of the coronavirus outbreak that affects the Argentine territory.
Regardless of this, the footballers of the ‘millionaire’ professional establishment waited for the government health authorities to meet with their Argentine soccer peers and between both parties resolved to stop soccer activity.
The decision made by the footballers, with Leonardo Ponzio at the helm, plus the unwavering support of coach Gallardo, in addition to the support of the president, Rodolfo D’Onofrio, remained firm.
The commotion that was experienced last Friday with the Colombian boy Thomas Gutiérrez, who had symptoms of coronavirus, and the social awareness that the pandemic generates throughout the world made them define not to play, but it was impossible for them to combine coincidences with the other clubs that did not accompany the measure.
Last Saturday, River had planned to face Atlético Tucumán, for the first date of the Super League Cup, at the Monumental stadium in Núñez. But the ‘millionaire’ footballers decided not to show up, with the support of the club’s leadership.
“You can’t play anymore”
The technical director of Belgrano de Córdoba, Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, showed this Monday his concern about the coronavirus pandemic, and considered that “until the public can return to the field, they cannot play anymore.”
The “Pirate” was local yesterday in the 1 to 1 draw against Platense in the Alberdi neighborhood for the First National, a meeting that was played like the rest behind closed doors, and in this regard the coach emphasized today in statements to Radio Impacto: “We are like 40 guys on the court, what are we Martians? “
“It is a very delicate situation that we are going through, we do not have to wait for winter to come. I do not agree that soccer continues without people, we are also people, “he explained.
Belgrano de Córdoba occupies the ninth position in Zone 1 with 27 points, he aspires to continue adding to get between the teams fighting for the second promotion to the First Division and on the next date he will be a visitor against Independiente Rivadavia de Mendoza.
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