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Chile's Copa Libertadores controversy an example of fixture chaos

Steve Nicol thinks domestic leagues finishing out their seasons is the only fair way to decide titles.

With so many football championships around the globe now halted indefinitely because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, there is a question left hanging: What to do with the rest of the season?

Given that the pause may last for several months, it is not clear how all the remaining fixtures could be accommodated -- which is what happened to last year's Chilean Championship.

The motive for the hold up in Chile had nothing to do with pandemics, and everything to do with a wave a social unrest that...

Player hit with firework in Chilean derby, match abandoned

Supporter unrest caused the abandonment of the derby match between Colo Colo and Universidad Catolica on Sunday after a player was hit by a firework.

Fans threw fireworks and missiles onto the pitch, and Colo Colo striker Nicholas Blandi went down clutching his ears after one explosive device exploded at his feet.

Video showed a clearly disorientated Blandi limping off the field and receiving treatment and the referee removed the players and abandoned the match moments later.

There were 19 minutes...

Chilean football season ended early amid protests

Universidad Catolica retained the league title following the season's early finish.

The Chilean football season has been ended early following a meeting of the Council of Presidents of Chilean professional football clubs on Friday.

The decision was taken due to fears about security in the country, following anti-government protests over inequality which have been taking place for six weeks.

It's the first time in its 86-year history that Chile's professional leagues have not been complete, as football continued to be played even with the 1973 Chilean coup d'état.

A statement...

Do you want fries with that? Club's unique shirt numbers cause a stir

O'Higgins midfielder Ramon Fernandez appears to have a chip on his shoulder.

With the 2019 Chilean league season kicking off over the weekend, O'Higgins were able to debut their mouthwatering new away kit.

While the pink shirt itself immediately caught the eye, the numbers on the back caused something of a stir among fans.

As part of O'Higgins' sponsorship deal with McDonald's, the numbers on the back have been designed to look like french fries dipped in ketchup.

Corporate shill, and almost entirely illegible from a distance of more than a few feet away? The perfect combination.


Footballer celebrates goal by proposing to girlfriend, gets booked

We've certainly seen some lavish goal celebrations over the years, right from the donning of smuggled superhero masks through to elaborate ensemble dance routines.

However, Antofagasta midfielder Eduard Bello upped the ante after finding the net during his side's Chilean league match against Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Bello took just two minutes to open the scoring for the away side and celebrated by running up into the stands, getting down on one knee and proposing to his girlfriend, beach volleyball...