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Argentina players confirm strike, clubs face sanctions

Only a few clubs have played competitive football this year, Atletico Tucuman (left) in the preliminary rounds of the Copa Libertadores and a handful of teams in the Copa Sudamericana. Photo: Reuters
Only a few clubs have played competitive football this year, Atletico Tucuman (left) in the preliminary rounds of the Copa Libertadores and a handful of teams in the Copa Sudamericana. Photo: Reuters

Argentina’s professional soccer players are pressing ahead with their plan to strike this weekend over millions of dollars in salary arrears, prompting the Argentine FA (AFA) to threaten clubs with sanctions for delaying the resumption of the league.

Some players are owed up to five months in salaries by clubs and the debts must be settled before competition resumes in the country’s five professional divisions, Argentine Players Union (FAA) boss Sergio Marchi told reporters on Thursday (local time).

“The demands are just. We’re not asking for increases, but that payments be deposited in the footballers’ accounts,” Marchi said after a meeting with the captains of the teams in the five divisions.

“We have decided to down tools because the debts (clubs have) with the players dating back…

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