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Swine Flu Takes Two Victims in Libertadores Cup
Mexican teams say they are out of the tournament
Gabriel Fuhrmann Tranquilli Barbosa (gabriel89)     Print Article 
Published 2009-05-10 11:47 (KST)   
The Mexicans say they are out of the Libertadores.

Chivas Guadalajara and San Luis, Mexican teams that were going to play in the final eights, have announced their decision to leave the tournament.

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The whole situation began because of the H1N1 flu epidemic. Mexico is the biggest focus of the disease, where more than 1,600 people are already infected, and matches of the Mexican football league were stopped. With this situation, the home and away knockout matches of Libertadores can't happen. Chivas would have played against Sao Paulo and San Luis against Nacional-URU. Both, Sao Paulo and Nacional refused to play in Mexico, so the South American Federation (CONMEBOL) decided that only one match would be played and it would be a match outside of Mexico.

The Mexican officials disliked this decision and made an official statement that they were leaving the championship. Sao Paulo and Nacional will now automatically qualify for the quarterfinals. The CONMEBOL didn't take the Mexican decision well and are still trying to argue with their choice. All this arguing has a reason, too. In addition to the teams and the soccer federation, there is another interested party. The TV channel FX, from the group FOX, broadcasts the championship and its greatest audience is composed of Mexican viewers.

So at this point it's all up in the air. The Mexicans says they are out, the CONMEBOL speaks for FX and is trying to keep them playing, while Sao Paulo and Nacional are waiting for the final decision on when and where they'll play. All the teams have already played the first match of the final eights.

Palmeiras, Cruzeiro and Gremio won their first matches. Palmeiras played at home and beat Sport by 1 - 0. Gremio and Cruzeiro played away and won well, by 3 - 1, so now they are in a good position to play at home.
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