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SBD Global/April 9, 2014/International Football

Buenos Aires Security Minister Says Visiting Fans Will Not Be Readmitted To Stadiums

Province of Buenos Aires Security Minister Alejandro Granados "contradicted Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni" and confirmed that his province "will not readmit visiting football fans," according to CLARIN. Granados said that it would "not make sense to send more police to tend to fans" when he is "currently seeking more officers." Granados: "If every day we are asking for more police, citing a lack of police to patrol, it would hardly be serious to now allocate a greater number of officers to accompany fans. When there are enough local police working, that will be the time when visiting fans will be able to return to stadiums" (CLARIN, 4/7).

PLAYER LAMENTS VIOLENCE: OLE reported Argentine goalkeeper Guillermo Sara of La Liga side Real Betis said that "in some Argentine clubs, there are mafias controlling the execs." Sara: "It is a shame. As an Argentine, it hurts me a lot. When Argentine football was talked about 10 years ago, they talked about passion. Now this passion is misunderstood and it brings a level of violence that hurts everyone, it hurts the families that want to attend games more than anybody. ... Now, at some clubs, there are mafias that control club leaders and even control player trades. It is very difficult to eradicate this. ... Hopefully at some point things will return to how they were 10 or 15 years ago" (OLE, 4/8).
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