Saturday, August 25, 2012

Inicial 2012 - Round 4 - The round that almost wasn't played

Weird situation (another one!) in the last 48 hrs in Argentinean football.

To explain it as easy and short as possible: I'm not sure if this happens everywhere in the world (it's very possible that it does) but players' agents here found a way to avoid paying local taxes that are more expensive than in neighbor countries so what they do is when there's a free agent they enroll him in a team from Chile (Union San Felipe) or Uruguay (Fenix, and others) and then make the transfer like the player is on loan or something from there.

Of course the player was never there, maybe not even in that country !

This is not illegal, but it's obviously a tax evasion maneuver so the government taxes agency (AFIP) decided to finally investigate what is going on (obviously this is not new) and now they want the agents and clubs to sort their finances. The players are not officially suspended but the AFIP and AFA agreed with the clubs that they won't use this players as a sign of good will at least this weekend while the investigation starts.

In my opinion this is very good news and hopefully it will be done seriously. More controlled agents means more controlled clubs, and less waste money (or robbed) by the club's management.

Because of this arrangement the round will be played as usual and will start today with 4 matches, but the most important one this round is without any doubts the derby between River and San Lorenzo that will be played on Sunday.

The full (and updated) schedule is this (kick off times in GMT-3):

Saturday August 25
16.10-- Unión – Boca Juniors
16.10-- All Boys – Tigre
18.15-- Argentinos Juniors – Godoy Cruz
20.20-- Independiente – Arsenal F.C.

Sunday August 26
15.00-- Atlético de Rafaela – Quilmes
15.10-- Belgrano – Newell’s Old Boys
17.10-- Lanús - Racing Club
17.15-- San Martín de San Juan – Vélez Sarsfield
19.15-- River Plate - San Lorenzo

Monday August 27
19.15-- Estudiantes de La Plata – Colón

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