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River facing relegation amid coronavirus crisis

Legendary Argentine side could face relegation due to coronavirus handling

March 16, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
The Copa Libertadores and Superliga Argentina runners-up could be forced to play in the lower-tier category starting next season.

Solidarity gestures have been frequent during these complicated times, but there seems to be one league where their execs haven't really gotten how things should be.

The Argentine league is one of the few in the world with their games still taking place, but their latest decision could see River Plate leaving their top-tier despite being one of the best clubs in that category in the past few years.

Los Millonarios feared that one of their academy players had contracted coronavirus, which saw them closing all of their training facilities and Estadio Monumental. Their decision also saw Marcelo Gallardo's club losing Saturday's Copa de la Superliga game against Atlético Tucumán by default, and the league's authorities have warned River that doing the same could get them relegated from the competition.

"The decision made unilaterally by a member of the Superliga could see them face the consequences. Our rule book must be followed, especially if our health authorities can't find any scientific motive to restrict the games from being played, mainly after the decision to play the games behind closed doors was reached," a press release from the league revealed.

River Plate has two more games left to be played in their Copa de la Superliga group, and if they are not around to play any of them, the league would go on to relegate them for protecting their fans from this potentially fatal disease.

Los Millonarios have enjoyed quite a successful run under coach Marcelo Gallardo. The Argentine coach has led the team to two Copa Libertadores titles and three Copa Argentina trophies in six years. The club concluded the Superliga Argentina in second place last weekend, and they also lost the Copa Libertadores title at the hands of Flamengo back in November.

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