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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Boca, River games postponed as strike plays havoc with AFA schedule

Gimnasia and Belgrano kick off round 4 of the Transición Championship which faces serious disruption due to the strike action planned on Thursday.
Having previously affirmed that three Primera División games scheduled for Thursday would take place in spite of the national strike planned by the opposition CGT, the Argentine Football Association later backtracked and confirmed the three games, plus River Plate and Boca Juniors' matches on Wednesday, have been postponed for a later date.

The decision to reverse earlier intentions of playing a full set of midweek fixtures was made following a meeting today at Government House, where it was decided that the resolution of a sporting workers' trade union to join Thursday's strike meant the games could not go ahead.

Additionally, the AFA upheld complaints from River and Boca, who argued that the cancellations gave their rivals at the weekend extra time to prepare for fixtures, and hence was unfair. travel to San Lorenzo on Sunday, while Boca take on Vélez Sarsfield.

The governing body explained that in the case of River and Boca, the decision was made in order "to maintain equality in the competitive conditions, taking into account the immediate commitments that the four teams must face with other opposition," according to a statement released today.

"It is necessary to make it absolutely clear that the programming [of the midweek round] was done before the strike announcement and, due to that fact, the fixture list has not been influenced by the forced postponement."

In total, five Primera División fixtures have been postponed until a date yet to be confirmed. Tomorrow, River-Defensa y Justicia and Estudiantes-Boca will not take place, while on Thursday Banfield-Tigre, Vélez-Lanús and Quilmes-San Lorenzo have been shelved.

The story took another twist, however, when River president Rodolfo D'Onofrio slammed the AFA's decision to suspend the games, denying that his club had requested the rescheduling.

"I cannot find any reason or motive for the River game to be postponed. We are surprised. It is very unprofessional, we wanted to play," he assured.

"It sounds funny to me, if not downright ridiculous. The Thursday decision I can understand for the strike, but what does that have to do with tomorrow's matches? Neither the coach [Marcelo Gallardo] nor anybody in River agrees with this."
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