Get out there Professional Football League Cup in Ezeiza and among the absences of leaders, those of the high command of Boca and River stood out. The official explanations were based on questions of prevention: both Jorge Amor Ameal and Rodolfo DOnofrio belong to the groups at risk from the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is more than that.
Those present from Xeneize were Ral Cascini and Marcelo Delgado, members of the Football Council, and the player Nicols Capaldo. For the Millionaire were the general secretary Ignacio Villarroel and the soccer player Cristian Ferreira.
Marcelo Tinelli, president of the Professional League, referred to the issue after the draw: I don’t know what problem Rodolfo (DOnofrio) and Jorge (Ameal) have had, but we have a permanent discussion table through zoom and with face-to-face meetings. Then he added: Anything you have to raise you can raise. So far, there have been no formal proposals. When there is, it is attended and later like any democratic institution such as the League and AFA, it is voted, and what is voted is what is done.
However, minutes later a joint statement from Boca and River came out on the networks in which the true reasons were exposed: to have been left out of a decision as important for the future of football and clubs as were the modifications on the television contract.
Beyond Ameal’s absence, Mario Pergolin was not in Boca eitheri, who had promoted a project for the televising of the parties that was finally discarded by AFA. And Ricardo Rosica, the general secretary, was given the power to appoint the members of the Football Council, who are not leaders but employees of the club.
The tension between the two greats of Argentine football and AFA had grown during the pandemic, when Xeneize and El Millonario had bid to maintain the declines in the First Division, something that finally did not happen and that was added to old claims for the division of the money of Argentine soccer.
The full Boca and River statement:
Following the AFA’s announcements of modifications to the football television contract, River Plate and Boca Juniors communicate that they were not part of the definition of the new contractual scenario.
After the announcements of the Argentine Football Association of modifications to the football television contract, River Plate and Boca Juniors communicate that they were not part of the definition of the new contractual scenario and in turn state that they do not consider it fair not to have participated in a decision so important to the future of football and clubs.
Although the AFA, through the Professional Football League, has the power to make this type of decision, Boca and River are a fundamental part of the sporting event and they understand that the two clubs should have been consulted throughout the process that led to the in this change in the ownership of the television rights contract, and not only be informed of the final result.