RIO – Less than a week after the match between Brazil and Argentina was suspended for non-compliance with health measures by four athletes, the Secretary-General of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) resigned. The organization announced the decision of Argentine Gonzalo Belloso, without giving reasons, through a statement issued on the social network, Thursday, the ninth.
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“CONMEBOL has informed that Mr. Gonzalo Peluso has resigned from his position at the Foundation and takes the opportunity to express his gratitude for his years of dedication and fruitful work for the benefit of South American football,” the post read. “Gonzalo knew how to push the team forward with dynamism and energy, as he did before on the pitch, as a professional footballer. From CONMEBOL, we wish you good luck in your next endeavors. Farewell, Gonzalo!”
Peluso also expressed his opinion through a note posted on his profile.
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“It has been almost 6 years in which I have not failed to answer a single call, request, suggestion, complaint, request and even listen to some criticism. I have made myself 100% available,” he said. “I feel completely calm about what I had to do.”
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Despite these efforts, the former Assistant Secretary-General said his trajectory “has not been free from frustrations and disappointments in places where passion, strength and money are combined.”
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He added, “I have been loyal to the institution, my bosses, my colleagues, my mission, and above all to my values and convictions.”
Last Sunday’s World Cup qualifier match in Sao Paulo was suspended early, five minutes into the first half, when Brazilian authorities entered the field, with documents accusing four members of the Argentine Premier League of violating the Covid-19 quarantine. rules in the country. At the time, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham Hotspur duo Christian Romero and Giovanni Lo Celso were on the field. Aston Villa’s Argentine midfielder Emiliano Buendia, who also traveled from the UK, was present in the stands.
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The summary of the Brazil-Argentina match will not be published by CONMEBOL, which transmitted the document prepared by referee Jesus Valenzuela to FIFA. The 2022 World Cup qualifiers is a competition for the highest football entity, which will decide whether to reveal the document or whether to just decide to postpone the match through it. Conmebol publishes game summaries only by selecting its discipline unit, and will accept whatever FIFA decides.
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“After analyzing the official reports of the World Cup qualifiers between Brazil and Argentina, FIFA can confirm the opening of a disciplinary process involving the two confederations,” FIFA said in a statement published on Tuesday.
He added: “The two teams were asked to provide more information on the facts that led to the suspension of the match, which will be collected and analyzed in detail by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.”
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On Monday, the Brazilian Federal Police said it had opened an official investigation into the actions of two Argentine players who a spokesman said had been deported.
Anvisa said Brazilian rules make it clear that travelers who have been to the UK, South Africa or India in the last 14 days are barred from entering the country, unless they are Brazilian or have permanent residence. According to the report, Argentine players made false statements about their previous whereabouts on immigration forms.
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