The Professional Soccer League Cup will not be suspended, at least for now, already despite outbreaks of coronavirus infections who lashed these days Independiente, Banfield, Gimnasia and Sarmiento, due to calendar issues and due to pressure from the owners of television rights.
The positive of this Tuesday of Julio César Falcioni, Independiente coach, made visible a question that hit his colleague Mario Sciacqua (Sarmiento) and that ended with his hospitalization for a week. In addition to the massive number of infections in large teams, Falcioni is a risk patient for having had laryngeal cancer.
In addition to the technical director, Independent lost Sebastián Sosa -key figure-, Domingo Blanco, Luis Segovia, Ezequiel Muñoz and the youth Juan Ignacio Pacchini, Patricio Ostachuk and Thomas Ortega were isolated preventively because they were close contacts, who entered before Talleres and is considered one of the options for defense.
This way Red will arrive decimated to the Avellaneda classic this Saturday at 9:10 p.m. against Racing, which suffered the same in different days weeks ago, in which he could not count on Gabriel Arias, Lorenzo Melgarejo, Mauricio Martínez, Eugenio Mena, Lucas Orban, Marcelo Díaz, Leonardo Sigali, Alexis Soto, Gastón Gómez, Gabriel Arias, Tiago Banega and Carlos Alcaraz.
Examples of Gymnastics (he lost 4-2 with Lanús) and Banfield (2 to 2 against Students), with 16 cases each, and Sarmiento de Junín (3-1 to Defense and Justice and 0-0 with Union), with 20 positives, they set off the alarms in the last weeks.
Total there are 120 infections in the championship and only seven teams did not suffer any casualties since mid-February.
Nevertheless, the ball is not going to stop, since close associates to leaders of different clubs assure that the pressure of the television (Disney and TNT) is “unbearable”, and also added calendar complications because in June the Copa América will be played in Argentina and Colombia.
In turn, the doctor of the Professional Football League, Alejandro Roncoroni said in TyC Sports that the main issue is the “relaxation of protocols”.
And the reason was given by some examples, such as that of Sosa in front of Talleres, who traveled with symptoms and did not inform him to his coaching staff. The question jumped when he gave a note to a Uruguayan media, under the argument of how he had in Mexico he would no longer have.
Other question jumped by a video that was leaked in the last hours, in which Carlos Tevez, captain, figure and reference of the Boca squad, organized a party for his daughter and it was seen without any care.
There the forward was seen singing along with a cumbia band and shouting, with complete ignorance that the coronavirus is spread by air as the main route, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In another order, from the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will analyze in the coming days the possible suspension for two or three weeks of the Reserve Division or promotion football.
In fact, in the First National there are already at least 45 cases in recent days, with Almagro and Miter from Santiago de Estero as maximum exponents.
The The economic blow that the Professional League teams would suffer from a stoppage would be “deadly”, pointed out various sources. That axis closes the door to a suspension immediately, Unless the national government so resolved, trusted the same leading sources.
Yes, surely In the next few hours a letter will arrive from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism led by Matías Lammens, urging that the care be adjusted, that the controls of last October are recovered. And the presence of “relatives” in the stands will be limited.
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