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SBD Global/November 20, 2013/Franchises

Argentine First Division Side Colón-Rafaela Game Suspended Following Colón's No-Show

Argentine first division side Colón's players "decided not to play in a game scheduled for Monday against Atletico Rafaela," according to LA NACION. The players "were bothered by the fact that the club owes them seven months' pay." The confusion "was greater because no one officially communicated on what was happening." What is "for sure is that Rafaela players were at the stadium while the crowd waited in vain for the beginning of a game that never got started." Colón VP Rubén Moncagatta said that the players "reviewed the decision to not play with representatives from the Argentine Footballers Association." The rules say that if a team -- "in this case Colón, does not appear for a game, the opponent wins the points" (LA NACION, 11/18). ESPN reported Colón's "serious institutional crisis on Monday wrote another scandalous chapter" by suspending the game against Atletico Rafaela. Later, Colón President Germán Lerche resigned (ESPN, 11/18).
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