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CONCACAF teams out of Copa Sudamericana

CONCACAF teams out of Copa Sudamericana

The turf wars continue between the governing bodies of football in the Americas.
CONCACAF, which runs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, said on Tuesday its clubs would no longer participate in South America's Copa Sudamericana _ the No. 2 club competition on the continent behind the Copa Libertadores.
In a statement, CONCACAF said it would not renew a four-year contract for the teams to participate, which ended in 2008. This means Mexican clubs Monterrey and Puebla, which were to play in the event, will be withdrawn.
CONCACAF's ruling allows its clubs to participate in its own competition _ the CONCACAF Champions League _ which is in its second year.
The move comes almost two months after two Mexican clubs that are members of CONCACAF _ Chivas Guadalajara and San Luis _ were forced to withdraw from the Copa Libertadores following the swine flu outbreak in Mexico. South American teams had refused to play in Mexico, citing health risks.
CONMEBOL, the governing body in South America, runs the Copa Libertadores.
The Mexican Football Federation reacted angrily and said it was dropping out of other tournaments organized by the South Americans _ the Copa Sudamerica for clubs, and the Copa America, the continental championship for national teams.
The Mexican federation has since backed down and made peace with the South American governing body.
CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer said his teams would play in the 2010 Copa Libertadores, South America's top club tournament. He said the future of CONCACAF's participation would be reviewed in November by the body's executive committee.


Updated : 2021-05-15 07:36 GMT+08:00