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The AFA faces a new scandal: it exposes itself to a millionaire fine for having referees in the black

2023-12-05T22:16:16.735Z

Highlights: The AFA faces a new scandal: it exposes itself to a millionaire fine for having referees in the black. An inspection in the leagues of Mendoza and Catamarca uncovered the pot. The referees' statement prompted the intervention of the Ministry of Labour. There are 230 field judges in an irregular situation.. A union dispute is making noise in the AFA and could lead to the payment of a fine of millions. To the constant errors of the referees that put them under the magnifying glass for their performances.


An inspection in the leagues of Mendoza and Catamarca uncovered the pot. The referees' statement prompted the intervention of the Ministry of Labour.There are 230 field judges in an irregular situation.


A union dispute is making noise in the AFA and could lead to the payment of a fine of millions. To the constant errors of the referees that put them under the magnifying glass for their performances, at this time it was shown that two leagues in the interior of the country have their referees in the black and without any type of medical coverage. The complaint, which was filed with the Ministry of Labor and is in the process of being defined, opens up a panorama of irregularities.

The Union of Arbitrators of the Argentine Republic (SADRA) accused the AFA of not respecting the Collective Bargaining Agreement. From the organization of Viamonte Street they pointed out that the link between the Federal Council and the Leagues of the Interior is "strictly sporting" and that the responsibilities of the same "derive from their own statutes attentive to their autonomy, independence and their own legal personality".

SADRA assures that the Leagues are falsifying documentation on the union registration in the UADA (Union of Referees of the Argentine Republic) led by SergioPezzotta. There were four mediations (April, May, June and August) and no agreement was reached between the parties. Then, the labor ministry asked for reports from 22 leagues: Córdoba, Chaco, Corrientes, Posadas, Fútbol Sur, Comodoro Rivadavia, Santa Fe, Salto, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Tucumán, San Luis, Neuquén, Paraná, Rosario, Jujuy, La Plata, Santiago del Estero, Salta, Catamarca and Formosa.

There were two inspections at the end of September and on Friday the irregular situation of Mendoza and Catamarca became known, which could be the tip of the iceberg of a conflict that would impact 230 leagues throughout the country.

From the documentary evidence and the statements of the Mendoza referee Martín Maximiliano Czckil Aravena, and the Catamarcans Martín Alejandro Gutiérrez, Tamara del Valle Olea, Roberto Javier Ortiz, Héctor Raúl López, Marcos Fabián Pereyra, César Martín Moya, Santiago Andrés Agüero and Leonardo Sebastián Maza, it was concluded that they are all "loose of papers".

None of them are monotributistas or present invoices. They also don't have a contract, but they do have a relationship of dependency, since they play on Saturdays and Sundays in matches. The legal advisor of the Mendoza league, Alejandro Javier Pisarev, declared that the referees do their work "for the honor and fun that the activity entails." There are 150 in this same situation.

In the case of the Catamarcans, they also revealed that the president of the College of the Catalan Football League supervises the technical and physical aspects and in the event of any error, he is the one who determines the sanctions. And that the payment ranges from 12,500 pesos. Each coaches between six and eight games per month. There are 80 referees in "black". And the color has nothing to do with the shirt they wear.

Source: clarin

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