Horacio Orzán will celebrate three years in Arequipa and already has 75 appearances with the club. (FBC Melgar)
FBC Melgar decided not to show up on Saturday, February 4, at the Bernal Municipal Stadium to face Atlético Grau for the third date of the Apertura Tournament, which meant the debut of the current national runner-up in League 1. However, the decision made by the administrator Ricardo Bettocchi until it is possible to lift the precautionary measure for television rights that prevents them from renewing their contract with the Consorcio Fútbol Perú, owners of GOLPERU, has been supported by one of the team’s leaders.
Melgar did not show up against Atlético Grau and the second League 1 Walk Over took place
The meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, February 4 at 1:00 p.m., however, the Arequipa team plans not to appear due to conflicts with the FPF.
Although various footballers from other clubs have come out to express their discomfort at the five ‘walk overs’ -one more could be added today given Municipal’s refusal to play-, Horacio Orzán came out in defense of the ‘mistiana’ board, assuring that only They look for the best for the institution.
“We owe ourselves to Melgar and if that is the position they took, we respect it and that is why we do not present ourselves. We are waiting, hoping that it can be solved. We know about the regulations, but we owe it to the club, we can’t do anything until they tell us we’re going to play. The leaders are clear. They hired us and we trust that they do the best for the club and for us,” said the Argentine in dialogue with the Fútbol como Cancha program.
Ricardo Bettocchi has held the position of administrator of FBC Melgar since 2019.
The midfielder, who will add his third consecutive year defending “dominoes” and has 75 appearances with the first team, is confident that the six clubs that refuse to play in support of the Consortium will reach an agreement with the Peruvian Football Federation or They expect date four of the Apertura to be suspended, to avoid their second WO, which would cause automatic relegation to Liga 2 as well as economic fines.
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When it seemed that League 1 was going to be postponed for the third week in a row, its development was confirmed in the last few hours and it will have the appeal of the duel between the ‘blue and white’ and the ‘celestial’.
“We are working to play League 1. I think we will play on Monday or the date will be delayed. I think it will be solved. It’s the first time I’ve been in a situation like this. We are uncertain and we don’t know if we are going to play, we are in the middle”.
Those led by Pablo Lavallén should face Deportivo Municipal on Monday the 13th at the Monumental Stadium of the UNSA from 7:00 p.m. in Peru, but according to the current positions of both squads, the match should be resolved in double abandonment since it is not they would present on the field of play.
FBC Melgar did not show up to play against Atlético Grau in his debut in the Apertura Tournament. (League 1)
In 2022, Melgar was the protagonist at the continental level as he was a semifinalist in the Copa Sudamericana and in the 2023 Copa Libertadores they planned to perform again well, but the instability of Peruvian football could disrupt their plans, since it is not clear when they could return to compete officially in the country.
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The sports journalist assured that there has been mishandling by the Peruvian Football Federation about everything that is happening in the local tournament.
“One prepares, is enthusiastic and knows that they have to play in the Copa Libertadores, but everything started to be delayed and we are in uncertainty.”
The representatives of Alianza Lima, Deportivo Binacional, Deportivo Municipal, Cienciano, Cusco FC and Melgar participated yesterday in a meeting with the president of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Otaróla, so that the Executive Power mediates between said clubs on strike and the FPF. Also present at this meeting were Roberto Silva, president of the Association, and Óscar Romero, head honcho of the ADFP. Today, Tuesday, February 7, they will hold a dialogue table with Agustín Lozano.
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