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SBD Global/July 30, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Argentine FA's Fan Registration System Will Not Be Implemented In August As Scheduled

Though it was announced by the Argentine FA that the AFA Plus system would be ready for the upcoming season in August, it is "now estimated that AFA Plus will first be used a year from now," according to Matías Bustos Milla of CLARIN. As part of AFA Plus, each fan who wants to attend a game will have to be registered in a National Fan Register. Enrolling in the NFR will require fans to "register their name, picture, address, National Identity Document number and digital fingerprint." For those that promote it, AFA Plus "is the best tool for ending the business of fan gangs." This is "to say that six years after it was first considered, and while murders in football continue, AFA Plus still is not anything." It is "not known when it will first be used and many believe it will not serve to end the bloodshed staining football." AFA Plus project leader Fernando Casalla said, "In the first month only 400 people completed the registration. Afterward, that number increased, but we are far from what we estimated." Casalla "is right, because counting only first division clubs, there are 700,000 fans to add to the system." Because the AFA Plus card is "not only for fans, but also for venders, maintenance workers and players, the final tally will be nearly 12 million" (CLARIN, 7/29).

AFA PLUS 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL': CLARIN reported that "before AFA Plus is applied, and while it is not even clear when this will be, the system is currently a huge database." Because of this, Public Bar Association President Jorge Rizzo said, "Argentina is the only country asking for the authority to ask for people's fingerprints. Here is a civil association, the AFA, and a private business, Telecom, that are violating personal rights with the AFA Plus." Rizzo assured that "to demand this, it would have to be a law in Congress, not an AFA measure. People can request protection to avoid giving this type of information to AFA Plus administrators" (CLARIN, 7/29).
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