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Tevez wage cut comments met with anger, does not account for struggles of many South American players

Craig Burley says the players have become scapegoats for the financial problems caused by the pandemic.
Steve Nicol believes politicians pushing for wage cuts are shifting the blame from their struggles.

"A footballer can live for six months or a year without getting paid," said Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez last week -- generating an angry reaction from many other Argentine players.

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez dismissed Tevez's statement as "a lie." Veteran midfielder Nestor Ortigoza of Rosario Central called on Tevez "not to mess with the wallets of other people."

Tevez, of course, even at 36 years old, is on a far better contract than most, and earned plenty of money during his years...

CONMEBOL offers financial help to top South American clubs

Clubs playing in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana have been offered an advance of up to 60% of their prize money so they can stay solvent during the coronavirus crisis, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.

A total of 76 clubs are still active in the two competitions, which are South America's equivalent of the Champions League and Europa League.

All receive money for qualifying and the sum increases the further they progress.

Some have already furloughed...

Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus says he has positive coronavirus test

Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus has tested positive for coronavirus and is under quarantine in Rio de Janeiro while doctors perform a second confirmatory test, he and his club said on Monday.

"It's true that my test came up positive and it's also true that I feel normal," the Portuguese coach said on Instagram. "I feel exactly the same today as I felt a month, a year, two, three years ago. I have no symptoms but the test was positive."

"I am going to stay under quarantine. I think that in a week or...

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...

After Gremio vs. Internacional, the games where red cards were like confetti

Victor Cuesta of Internacional is sent off as the game descends into farce.

Football matches often know how to descend into farce with red cards galore. And when they do, all hell breaks loose. 

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Gremio played out a 0-0 draw against Internacional in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday night, but don't be lulled into thinking the game was a dud.

Indeed, while goalmouth action was in short...