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SBD Global/May 8, 2014/International Football

Argentine FA's Newly Adopted Restructure Raises Concerns Regarding Funding

When the Argentine FA approved of the organization of a "new structure in the top division," national government officials "did not believe the new system would receive backing from club directors," according to Argüelles & Lanzillotta of CLARIN. Money was "one of the primary concerns for club directors." AFA President Julio Grondona "quickly deactivated this possible source of conflict." A government source said, "The Government will not increase the budget above what is currently allocated to Fútbol Para Todos." Argentina currently distributes a total of 825M Argentine pesos ($103M) per year to Argentine first division clubs. The source added, "To implement this new system, clubs will need at least 400-500 million Argentine pesos ($50M-62M) more per year" (CLARIN, 5/7).

'BARRAS' MAKE DEMANDS: In Buenos Aires, Argüelles reported in a separate piece 400 Argentine fans "came together outside AFA headquarters to ask that, among other things, Argentina refuse to send information to Brazil regarding Argentine fans' criminal histories." Those in the crowd, formed by members of fan association "Hinchadas Unidas Argentinas" ("United Argentine Fans,") also "demanded that visiting fans be allowed to return to football stadiums" and said that they "will travel to the World Cup with non-violent objectives" (CLARIN, 5/6).
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