Colón, Independiente To Suffer Points Deduction
El Sabalero and El Rojo are in the midst of their respective institutional crises, but AFA has decided that they will no longer back the clubs and will be deducted points, further exacerbating their tumultuous moments.
The inevitable moment came for Colón and Independiente. FIFA has come down very hard on the two Argentine sides as they will be deducted six points after their respective issues with failures to pay for transfers. The news was announced in the Argentine press minutes before the kickoff of the Colón- Newell's Old Boys match on Friday.
Colón were in trouble after their denial to pay the fee that was agreed upon with Mexican side Atlante over Juan Carlos Falcón back in 2007. The Mexican side decided to take this issue to FIFA and they won the case. Colón eventually lost the appeal and were forced to pay US$ 600 thousand. This sum of money was eventually paid off by AFA but the damage was done for the Santa Fa-based side.
Independiente's situation is similar as well as this news broke last week on Argentine radio. Greek side Olympiacos also went to FIFA after the whole Leonel Núñez ordeal where then-club president Julio Comparada bought the player for US$ 3.1 million but did not pay 1.8 million of it back in 2008.
According to some outlets in Argentina, Independiente still have the option to appeal and possibly pay US$ 600 thousand in an effort to avoid the points deduction. This would be devastating for the Avellaneda squad as they currently find themselves in the middle of the table in the Nacional B with 18 points. A loss of points for Independiente would find them fighting to avoid relegation to the Primera B Metropolitana (3rd division). Obviously that would be an even bigger blow to their unprecedented relegation earlier this year.
Colón will be fighting relegation as they will fall significantly in the relegation average. The loss of points will have them go from 11th to 16th in that table and the bottom three would go to the Nacional B in June of next year.
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