Vélez Sarsfield will receive Lanús on Wednesday for the first leg of one of the semifinals of the CONMEBOL South American Cup and a strong controversy was generated in the last hours by the intention of the Garnet team to present four players that according to the club are “false positives” of Covid-19. Lo de Liniers issued a statement formally asked CONMEBOL that those involved not participate in the meeting.
? This morning, the Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club made a presentation to CONMEBOL about the information published on the official social networks of the Lanús Club, regarding the four positive cases of COVID-19.
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Lautaro Morales, José Luis Gómez, Alexandro Bernabei and Facundo Quignón had not passed the PCR tests, but Lanús subjected them to a second control and the result was “not detectable in their entirety”, so Grana wants to use them for the match.
Faced with this communication, Vélez went to CONMEBOL and expressed himself regarding what happened with the following text on his official website:
This morning, the Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club made a presentation to CONMEBOL about the information published on the official social networks of the Lanús Club, regarding the four positive cases of COVID-19, which later in a counter-test yielded negative results, despite The deadline to report and present said results has expired, and the second tests have been carried out in a laboratory other than the initial test.
All this taking into account that there are no “false positives of covid” in health, which require a confirmation test.
Vélez Sarsfield in similar situations has shown that when in doubt, he prioritized the health of all athletes, opting for preventive exclusion, and above all has respected the regulations of the South American entity (Luca Orellano case in the first quarterfinal match vs. University Catholic).
Therefore, the institution requests that the players who have tested positive not be included in tonight’s meeting, due to the health risk that it implies for all participants in the sporting event.