The pandemic of COVID -19 that he had already forced the glasses Libertadores and Sudamericana 2020 proclaim their champions until January 2021, now throw a new tension between Santos and Boca Juniors for the return of the semifinals in the first tournament and has altered programming in the same instance of the second.
After the 0-0 on January 6 at La Bombonera, they set off the alarms of Boca when it became known that two Brazilian players, the starting goalkeeper John and the substitute central Wagner Leonardo, traveled with the Santos delegation to Buenos Aires after giving positive in the PCR test required by the South American confederation.
The Argentine sports press affirms this Sunday that the managers from Boca will ask Conmebol to take a exemplary decision against his rival if he check that the players who tested positive were registered to play the first leg despite the fact that the technical commission knew its real state.
Very hard words from Cuca after winning the classic against San Pablo: he pointed against Boca, declared that all his players played in La Bombonera with the negative test of the previous one and that they try to cover the penalty that they were not charged in the #Libertadores. pic.twitter.com/dfFr2LMhpa
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) January 11, 2021
For its part, ‘Cuca’, Technical Director of Santos directly pointed out that what the directors of Boca Juniors want is “shameful” by assuming that the Brazilians have cheated.
“I’ve been in this for 35 years, it’s a shame what they have done. It’s not true that we knew of the of the positives and I made them play the same. They all played with him negative test in hand and with the regulatory controls, ”the Brazilian coach began by marking.
Along the same lines, he added: “How am I going to want to take advantage of the coronavirus? I was hospitalized for four days and my father-in-law died for this. I would never do such a thing. What was done was painful ”.
In the South American CupOn the other hand, things are not going better, Coquimbo Unido and Defensa y Justicia, which should be played on the 7th in Santiago, it was postponed for the 12 in Asuncion because of COVID-19.
What a lack of respect for what they did to COQUIMBO UNIDO. They changed the location one day before playing the semifinal. That is done in advance. There is a journey involved. It is another type of court. They take you out of your house.
– Rodrigo Sepúlveda L. (@rodrigosepu) January 6, 2021
Three players from the Argentine team, Washington Camacho, Francisco Pizzini and Rafael Delgado, they tested positive. While the Chilean authorities demanded 56 members of the Defense and Justice delegation enter into quarantine or be taken out of the country by means of a bubble. The match has been rescheduled in Paraguay.
Coquimbo Kingdom had already expressed his annoyance due to the changes in the venue of the commitment, because if it was announced first in La Serena, it went to the National Stadium in Santiago. Coquimbo Unido asked in vain to the entity chaired by Paraguayan Alejandro Domínguez the three points of the match not played in their territory.
In the another semifinalLanús took a firm step towards the final by beating Vélez Sarsfield 1-0 away on 6 January, with the second leg scheduled to be played on Wednesday 13 January.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.