May 17, 2019 – 17:30
Chilean team Palestinian asked Conmebol not to play in Venezuela the first stage of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana against FC Zulia, scheduled for next Wednesday in Jose Paccino Romero de Maracaybo, due to the political crisis faced by the Caribbean country, Arab Club said.
In a letter addressed to Conmebol – published on Friday on the Canal del Fútbol (CDF) website – the Chilean club wants "urgently" to take the necessary steps so that the first stage of the Copa Sudanese FC second phase against FC Zulia FC, which will take place for 22/05, will be played in another country near Venezuela. "
The text explains that because of the political and economic crisis that Venezuela is experiencing, the Chilean institution believes that "no full guarantees are provided" to allow the delegation to play in the country.
By the way, the letter signed by Jorge Wawi, president of Deportivo Palestino Club, mentions the difficulty in obtaining flights from Santiago to Maracaibo, along with a recent US government resolution where it is believed that "through Venezuela threatens security passengers, airplanes and crews. "
"The internal situation in Venezuela to date, added to the recent US government resolution, has become more complicated and expensive to get airfares to Caracas," the letter said.
As a third from Copa Libertadores Group A, Palestinian reached one of eight places, allowing him to join the Second Stage of Copa Sudamerica 2019.
Conmebol ratified that it will be played in Maracaibo
However, Uruguayan journalist Rodrigo Romano said the South American Football Confederation has informed the Chilean team that pre-established conditions have been maintained and that the match will be played next Wednesday in Maracaibo.