River Plate will not play due to coronavirus and may face penalty NOW

River Plate may face a penalty from the Argentine Football Federation (AFA). The South American top club decided on Saturday evening not to open the stadium for the cup match against Atlético Tucumán for fear of the corona virus.

River Plate announced on Saturday that the stadium would be closed because a player in the squad showed symptoms that could be linked to the COVID-19 virus. To prevent further spread, the club refused to take action.

That decision came as a surprise to the AFA, which, based on advice from health authorities in the country, decided to allow all matches – albeit without an audience – to continue.

“Players are not part of the risk group and can therefore simply carry out their work,” the Argentine association wrote in a statement. “There should be no individualistic actions at the moment, because they cause fear in society. If a club adopts a different attitude, it will be punished.”

The game between River Plate and Atlético Tucumán in the Copa de la Superliga tournament would be played at 9:45 PM, but that turned out to be impossible due to the closed stadium.

The Argentine Football Association confirmed on Saturday evening in a new statement that indeed there has not been played in Buenos Aires and that “appropriate measures” are being looked into.

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