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President of Uruguay FA resigns in midst of conflict over police

Fans arrested after the fighting with the police at Nacional stadium.
Fans arrested after the fighting with the police at Nacional stadium.
Fans arrested after the fighting with the police at Nacional stadium.
Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Sebastián Bauza and the entire body's board of directors have tendered their resignations, as a fierce conflict sparked by President José Mujica's decision to remove police officers from Peñarol and Nacional games continues.

The AUF revealed the decision through a letter published on the Association website, stating "the events of public notoriety that have occurred in recent times show the need to take a step to the side and allow other political institutions to govern football."

The statement affirms that "football needs decisions to be taken and current political-institutional conditions do not allow for this to happen.

"The executive board has worked with the sole objective of helping football and now, the perception is that has become an obstaculo to continuing this line of work."

Bauzá's resignation takes place following the controversy created after violent incidents at the end of a Copa Libertadores match between Nacional and Newell's Old Boys in the Estadio Centenario last week, the end of which was marked by clashes between the police and home supporters that led Mujica to remove officers from certain arenas.

Yesterday, the Uruguayan Footballers' Union ordered Peñarol and Miramar Misiones players not to play their league match, considering that there were no guarantees of safety due to the absence of police. That action meant the AUF board was forced to abandon the game, in the ninth round of the national championship.
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