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Grondona unconcerned about the cost

Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Julio Grondona.
Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Julio Grondona.
Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Julio Grondona.
‘Don’t worry about the money, because we have it’

Julio Grondona spoke about the new 30-teams tournament for the first time and said that nobody should be concerned about the cost that it will demand. “Don’t worry about the money, because we have it,” the AFA president said.

Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Julio Grondona said yesterday that the new tournament, which will include 30 teams in the First Division, is going to be “calmer” than the Initial and Final championships, and added that no one should be worry about the cost that the new competition will demand because “we have the money.”

“It’s going to be calmer and serene,” said the 82-year-old official in an interview with Radio 10, speaking about the new type of championship for the first time.

Grondona added that in the meeting with the Executive Committee on Tuesday night at the AFA facilities in Ezeiza he had “the opportunity to clarify (to the club officials) things about the new tournament that hadn’t been well explained before and there were no reprovals.” River, Vélez, Estudiantes, Newell’s, Belgrano and Racing were some of the clubs that had some doubts about the 30-team championship before the meeting.

Talking about the cost that the tournament will demand, Grondona said: “Fútbol para Todos is a society. We use what we have, not one more peso. And don’t worry about the money, because we have it.”

However, the AFA chairman did not explain how they are going to do it. Fútbol para Todos says that it is not going to inject more money and there is a difference of $17 million between the First Division teams, which have less incoming, and the National B Division teams (20.5 against 3.5). And there are going to be 10 teams promoted to the top-flight soccer.

Besides the money, which the clubs request all the time so as not to deepen their own debts, Grondona spoke again about the violence in the sport.

When he said that the new tournament will be “calmer and more serene,” Grondona thinks that the new championship with 30 teams and only two relegations will not leave the big clubs thinking about dropping to the second division, at least for the first couple of seasons. Also, it will be difficult for the newly-promoted ten teams not to get both relegation spots.

Grondona eliminated the two promotion-relegation playoffs between the First Division teams and National B Division teams two years ago because a lot of violence was involved. He then removed two promotions and two relegations, and created three straight promotions. But with this new system, Independiente, one of the big clubs, suffered its first relegation in its history.

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