Argentina will not withdraw from Copa America
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP):
The head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said yesterday that the national team will play at the Copa America in the United States, as planned, dismissing reports that it might withdraw.
AFA president Luis Segura was responding to Argentine media reports that the team might pull out of the 16-team tournament as a protest against the national government, which is trying to assert control over AFA.
"I'm not going to resign and the national team will not depart from the United States," Segura said.
Argentina open against Chile next Monday in Santa Clara, California.
The Argentine justice ministry stepped in on Monday and suspended an AFA presidential election set for June 30, citing "administrative irregularities".
FIFA, world football's ruling body, generally opposes government meddling in football politics.
In a statement yesterday FIFA said only that it was "monitoring closely the matter related to AFA."