How to disarm the Argentine soccer Super League

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How to disarm the Argentine Football Super League

This body was created at the time when Macrismo had a project for soccer, which most of the leaders were eroding until with the political change, they decided to implode.

The election in Boca did not go unnoticed: Ameal, he has an idea in the antipodes that Angelici handled.

The much-pledged promises of the SAF fell one by one, becoming a bureaucratic body with many CEOS and NULL results for the coffers of the clubs.

Most of these have not seen structural changes in soccer and almost all understand that they receive few funds to support the activity.

To make matters worse, handling the international tender for audiovisual rights has had a significant number of problems.

One of the applicants spoke of "numerous ambiguous, confusing and imprecise points that hinder the evolution of the project."

They even speak of partial and privileged treatment.

Also, several clubs were dissatisfied with the handling of this issue.

As a result of these events, the SAF postponed the tender until March 31, 2020 and the Argentina Sports Managments consortium renounced its status as an initiator.

Recall that 4,281 million pesos were distributed for this item in the 2018-2019 period.

But how can this puzzle be disarmed without legal consequences for either the AFA or the clubs?

The key is found in the agreement that the AFA and SAF signed in 2017: a hieroglyph made so that everything is in a nebula. We give just a few examples:

Article 81 of the statute of AFA indicates that the powers assigned to Superliga must be exercised in coordination with AFA (something that is public and notorious has not been happening for a long time), but article 1 of the statute of Superliga says that it enjoys autonomy with respect to that.

On the other hand, the number of commissions that were established in that agreement predicted that the operation would be chaotic: audit, special, arbitration, contingency, reform commission, etc.

As we can see, the famous “double command” arises from the very origins of the agreement that both institutions signed.

That agreement established that its validity would be maintained until the parties order its extinction, with which the dissolution could be immediate.

This is stated in article 61 of the statute of the SAF where it is stated that the clubs themselves can request the dissolution of the institution at any time.

In the event that a conflict subsists, in parallel, it could be rectified by the arbitration tribunal that is created for this purpose, made up of one member per institution, plus a president proposed by both (as provided for in the agreement of understanding).
Any other entity that is created must learn from the mistakes of this experience, which sluggish the possibilities of a true development of Argentine football.