The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) maintains in its new health protocol the use of charter flights in the Libertadores and South American cups to reduce the risks of contagion of covid-19.
The Libertadores will begin next week with the dispute of the Phase 1 matches, while the first round of the Sudamericana will start in the second half of March.
The delegations, made up of a maximum of 55 people, “must travel only on charter flights as a health bubble”, says the procedures manual released this Wednesday by the agency.
The objective is that the delegation does not share the aircraft with other delegations or with people outside of it and the maximum number of members was limited to 55 people based on the maximum number of people “Recommended by each sector in a football match”.
Other restrictions that continue refer to the prohibition for officials and players to spit and blow their noses on the field of play, in addition to kissing the ball before, during and after each match.
Likewise, it contemplates four possible scenarios, from the most flexible from the health point of view for a party “without particular conditions” to the alternative of moving to another (neutral) country as has happened in the last South American.
The protocol, which will also govern the Recopa, reserved at the end of the season for the Libertadores and South American champions, provides for the care to be observed in travel, hotels, training sessions and in stadiums.
And it agrees a special instructions for official coordination meetings, movement of the arbitration trios and strategies for the safe operation of the arbitration assistance team (VAR).
Failure to comply with sanitary measures by the player or official of the delegation entails the imposition of fines of not less than $ 15,000 in the first offense and from $ 30,000 in the case of a second.
“Taking as a premise that health is the most important thing and our most precious asset, it is that throughout this period (Conmebol) has made prevention its greatest ally”, the agency said in a statement.
The coronavirus pandemic paralyzed South American football in March 20020 and seven months later, in mid-September, Conmebol reactivated its competitions without an audience, amid strict sanitary measures approved by the governments of the ten associated countries.
“The challenge was great and the obstacles were many, but we had two certainties that encouraged us: football, sport, are fundamental levers to lift the spirits and spirit of individuals and societies”, highlighted the entity.