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Without Aníbal Fernández, the AFA, the City and the Province diagram the security operation for the Argentine National Team


The final approval will be '48 hours before', after discussing it with the world champion players. The Federal Police, aside after the December episodes.

The security operation around the first presentation of the Argentine National Team as world champion next Thursday at the Monumental stadium began to take shape this week, although it will finish being resolved "48 hours before" the game, when




and their teammates are already installed in the AFA premises in Ezeiza and the players themselves are the ones who finish giving the final go-ahead.


these days

the Argentine Football Association (AFA) sent a message to the authorities of the City and the Province of Buenos Aires, who will be in charge of transferring the squad from Ezeiza to Núñez:

they do not want the Federal Police, it is say the national government, has interference in it


This was confirmed to this newspaper by political and police sources aware of the first conversations -some of them informal- that took place since the beginning of the week between the AFA, River and Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires authorities.

It is that, after the failed operation in December, when the national team tried unsuccessfully to get to the Obelisk, first, and to the intersection of 9 de Julio avenue and the 25 de Mayo highway, before a human tide of millions of people, the The link between

Claudio "Chiqui" Tapia

, the president of AFA, and the minister

Aníbal Fernández

, in charge of the transfer and the Federal, was

completely broken


Aerial view of the Monumental stadium, where the Argentine National Team will face Panama for the first time as world champion.

Photo: River Press

This Tuesday, in the meeting that the security chiefs of the local Football Association, leaders of River and the private security company that will be inside and in the vicinity of the stadium, and authorities from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Security held in the offices of Said portfolio began to be planned for the operation of next Thursday the 23rd.

Everything is still under discussion,

but there are two main concerns:

the number of people who attend the Monumenta



with capacity for

83,000 people

in an event of phenomenal demand -

and the entrance of the players to the stadium


There was some voice that tried to put on the table

the possibility of appealing again to the transfer by air, but it was quickly dismissed


Photo Juano Tesone - CLARIN

Yes, it was resolved, for example, that the gates of the field open to the public

at least five hours before the game


The authorities forecast an influx much greater than the capacity of the stadium.

Tapia himself underlined the information published by


on Monday that

"there were 131,537 requests for press accreditations"

: "It is the event with the greatest journalistic demand in history," he stressed.

There is, at least for now, no concern about the transfer, unlike what happened in December.

To a large extent because it is

a working day

, when at that time

a national holiday

was declared .

The massive demonstration of joy of the Argentines on December 20, 2022, to receive the world champion National Team.

Photo: REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian.

From the AFA they remarked on at least

three occasions

, according to reports, that they do not want the custody of the bus that in principle would transfer the team from the Ezeiza property to the Monumental be in charge of the Federal


, as in the operation last December .

In the case of the City, in this sense, the custody of the campus will be exclusively in the hands of the Buenos Aires Police, despite the fact that in the celebrations for obtaining the World Cup Tapia and Marcelo D'Alessandro, the Minister of


and Security on leave, had a heated telephone conversation when the bus, surrounded by thousands of fans, had to be diverted to the Federal cadet school for the players to be evacuated by helicopter to the Ezeiza property, after flying over the Obelisk, in what was a kind of Olympic lap through the air.

El Chiqui Tapia at the celebrations of the Argentine National Team in December 2022, when he argued with Aníbal Fernández, Minister of Security of the Nation.

It was not, however, the toughest talk that "Chiqui" had that afternoon:

with Aníbal Fernández he discussed more


The Minister of National Security even made it public.

Tapia also: he congratulated the Minister Sergio Berni

, of the Province, on the networks

for his work.

Berni and the head of the AFA have had a privileged relationship ever since


In fact, sources familiar with that link trusted that after Friday, when Tapia returns to the country from his stay in Rwanda for the FIFA Congress, they agreed to meet.

There have already been informal contacts


In the case of the Buenos Aires Police, there will be a reinforcement of security in the Ezeiza property for next week -River made available his concentration of the Monumental but in the AFA until now they rejected it in a courteous manner-.

The provincial force will be in charge of the capsule that will accompany the bus until it enters the City.

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Source: clarin

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