The South American body modified the designations due to the Covid-19 cases that appeared in the judges who have been in Buenos Aires for two weeks. The debut of two Argentine assistants in the maximum south-continental tournament.
The four Brazilian referees who were going to lead Racing-Nacional this Thursday they tested positive of Covid-19. For that reason, Conmebol had to replace them and there will be two Argentine judges in the Cilindro de Avellaneda, for the Copa Libertadores.
Anderson Daronco, Fabricio Vilarinho, Rafael Alves and Bruno Arleu, who were doing a quarantine in Argentina since August 30, were checked and the result of their swabs gave positive -conmebol confirmed- leaving them out of the duel between Argentines and Uruguayans. As they are asymptomatic, the four will have to do the quarantine period (14 days) in a downtown hotel in Buenos Aires.
The Conmebol Referees Commission, chaired by the Brazilian Wilson Seneme, announced this Wednesday night the substitutions of Daronco, Vilarinho, Alves and Arleu, initially appointed as referee, assistant referee No. 1 and fourth referee, in the Racing vs Nacional match . “The reason for these changes is that they tested positive for Covid-19, on September 13, without presenting any symptoms (asymptomatic). All the judges are in preventive isolation for 14 days according to the health protocol of the Republic of Argentina “, indicated the body that governs South American football.
Referees who tested positive for Covid-19 They had been in Argentina for two weeks training in a health bubble. Anyway, they tested positive. In addition to the game they had this Thursday, they were also directing one next week.
The situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic also forced movements in Defense and Justice-Delfín, an unprecedented situation. Although it will not be the only one: Mariana de Almeida and Daniela Milone will act as number 2 assistants. Never before had a woman participated in a Copa Libertadores match.
Why were De Almeida and Milone used? Because all the Argentine international attendees were sent to Brazil and Chile on this date. ANDIn addition, two others (Maximiliano Del Yesso and Lucas Germanotta) returned from Saudi Arabia and are in quarantine, after accompanying Néstor Pitana (who is in Paraguay).
The Referees Commission castling: Cristián Garay, who was to be the fourth referee in Defense and Justice-Delfín, will be the main referee in Racing-Nacional. His compatriot Christian Schiemann, who was to be the number two assistant in Florencio Varela, will be the number 1 assistant. De Almeida will join as line and Fernando Echenique, as fourth official, and Sabrina Lois will be the advisor (veedora).
Meanwhile, Milone, daughter of former assistant judge Luis, will accompany Chileans Roberto Tobar and Claudio Ríos in the Defense and Justice party, while the fourth referee will be another Argentine: Nicolás Lamolina.
This situation was contemplated in the Conmebol protocol and was the last resort: that referees from the same country should direct teams from their own leagues. What happened with the Brazilians forced them to make this decision.
This had been reported in advance by the South American Confederation. “As regards arbitration, the Conmebol Council resolved to adapt the regulatory provisions to the times of pandemic that are being experienced. In this sense, the shortlists may have arbitrators of different nationalities and in cases of extreme necessity, the possibility that the arbitrators are from the local country was authorized, ”the Luque-based organization (Paraguay) reported.
Therefore, judges from neighboring countries were appointed to the local team to remain in that territory for the duration of the group stage. Those were the two main topics for Conmebol to implement this new emergency arbitration appointment system for the Copa Libertadores amid the complications imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.