The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced that the 2019-2020 football season, interrupted since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is officially over.
The 24-team Copa Superliga, of which one round had been played, will also be cancelled and no clubs will be relegated from the top flight due to the disruption, officials confirmed. Relegation is currently calculated by a complicated system of points taken over a three-year period, known as 'promedios.'
The league title was decided back in March, when Boca Juniors beat Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 1-0 to pip their arch-rivals River Plate to the post on the final day.
AFA President Claudio 'Chiqui' Tapia confirmed the decision this morning, blaming the move on the lengthy suspension of local football due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the decision would be officially put to a vote at an Executive Committee meeting tomorrow.
"There are economic realities. In football, the economic recovery will be slow," he said.
Not all clubs are said to be happy at the move – both Boca and River wanted to keep relegation in place and now the country's largest clubs will have to cope with the addition of more matches on their fixture list.
AFA also said in its statement that it is “indispensable” that fans are able to attend games when competitions return.
“We don't know the science for sure for soccer to return, that decision is not for us,” Tapia said in his TV interview. “Everyone's will is to play when we can, and if we have to play in January because we could not do that during this year, we will do that.”
AFA also said the next season might not begin until January.
Argentina has been in lockdown since March 20, with quarantine restrictions remaining in place until at least May 10.