AFA reach agreement with lower leagues and Argentine football returns this weekend

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On-going disagreements plus the Olympic Games coverage provided the AFA with an extra week to find some solution to the issues within Argentine football and only three days before the season was due to begin, the Football Association (AFA) have confirmed that matches will go ahead as planned this weekend.

Argentine football was supposed to return last weekend but due to an issue surrounding the distribution of funds to lower league clubs, all football was placed on hold.

Under the new post-Fútbol Para Todos deal, lower league clubs were going to receive far less money than they were previously and therefore struggle to pay costs for travel and policing.

In a show of solidarity, Primera clubs also halted action and with no agreement in sight, it wasn’t clear if it would return shortly.

However, after a meeting on Tuesday evening, Armando Pérez, the man in charge of the AFA at present confirmed that football fixtures will be returning this Friday.

“Argentine football will begin this weekend. Today we celebrate that we start on Friday with the agreement of everyone,” Pérez said in a press conference.

“What we had to solve, we did now let’s look forward for the good of football. We understand the concern of the players and we will take care of the debt.

“We have helped in every way to start the tournament and my colleagues are working on the budgets of security operations,” explained the temporary head of the AFA.

All the levels of Argentine football will begin this weekend with the Nacional B, the B Metropolitana, the Primera C, the Federal A and the Primera D all agreeing to the monthly amounts that they will receive from the AFA.

Additionally the Nacional B agreed to a reduction in the cost of transport and a saving in the cost of additional policing.

Primera fixtures

Friday
Sarmiento de Junín v Arsenal de Sarandí (19:00)
Godoy Cruz v Huracán (21:15)

Saturday
Gimnasia La Plata v Vélez Sarsfield (14:00)
Rosario Central v Defensa y Justicia (16:00)
Atlético Tucumán v Atlético de Rafaela (16:00)
Racing Club v Talleres de Córdoba (18:00)
San Lorenzo v San Martín (20:00)

Sunday
Tigre v Estudiantes (14:00)
Quilmes v Newell’s Old Boys (14:00)
Belgrano v Independiente (16:00)
Unión v Olimpo (16:00)
River Plate v Banfield (18:00)
Lanús v Boca Juniors (20:00)

Monday
Aldosivi v Colón (19:00)
Temperley v Patronato (21:15)

As always all the Primera match previews and statistics can be found on WhoScored.com

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