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SBD Global/July 31, 2014/International Football

Argentina's Ban On Visiting Fans To Continue Through Upcoming Season

Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni confirmed that fans "will have to keep waiting to be able see their teams play as visitors," according to Gustavo Yarroch of CLARIN. He "explained that it is a measure 'in solidarity' with the 'security emergency' that the province of Buenos Aires is facing." Berni said that in Buenos Aires, "stadiums are capable of having visiting fans return," but added that BA Provincial Governor Daniel Scioli "declared a security emergency," saying it "seems more logical that the province should use all its police resources to fight crime, not transport fan gangs." Berni: "What governor Scioli and (Buenos Aires Security Minister Alejandro) Granados proposed is logical, and we understand, not only with what we say but also with what we do. ... We will continue this season without visiting fans" (CLARIN, 7/29).

TORNEO FEDERAL B COSTLY: In Buenos Aires, Pablo Villarruel reported the 11 clubs that participate in Argentina's Torneo Federal B will "work with excitement ahead of the upcoming season after a restructure proposed by the AFA that will offer a greater number of promotions to the Argentino B." But "unfortunately for the teams, not only has the number of spots increased, but the costs those teams will have to pay for each of their home games will also rise." Each of the 11 teams will have to pay nearly $30,000 to host each match, "with the problem being that they will not benefit with profit due to the ban on visiting fans" (LOS ANDES, 7/30).
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