May 17, 2019 – 5:30 in the afternoon
Chile team Palestine asked Conmebol not to play in Venezuela the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana fight Zulia FC, scheduled for next Wednesday in José "Pachencho" Romero de Maracaibo, because of the political crisis facing the Caribbean country, reporting the club & # 39;
In a letter addressed to Conmebol – published on Friday on the Canal del Fútbol website (CDF) – the Chilean club requested "immediately" to take the necessary steps "so that the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana against Club Zulia FC, set for 22/05, will be played in other countries near Venezuela ».
The text explains that because of the political and economic crisis experienced by Venezuela, the Chilean institution considers "that no full guarantee is given" to the delegation to move to play in the country.
Among other points, the letter signed by Jorge Uauy, president of Club Deportivo Palestino – mentions the difficulty of getting airplane tickets from Santiago to Maracaibo, along with the recent resolution from the United States government, where it was considered "the situation" through Venezuela threatening the safety of travelers, airplanes and crew ».
"Venezuela's internal situation to this day, added to the recent resolution of the United States Government, has become more complicated and expensive to get airplane tickets to the city of Caracas," the letter said.
As the third of Group A of the Copa Libertadores, Palestino reaches one of eight places that allows it to join the Second Phase of the Copa Sudamericana 2019.
Conmebol ratified that it would be played in Maracaibo
However, Uruguayan journalist Rodrigo Romano reported that the South American Football Confederation told the Chilean team that the conditions previously set were maintained and that the match would be played next Wednesday in Maracaibo.