BUENOS AIRES (AP) – Boca Juniors traveled to Paraguay on Wednesday without their coach Miguel Ángel Russo as a precaution and with the majority of footballers recovered from a coronavirus outbreak that affected the Argentine club days ago, which has generated a protest on the part of his rival Libertad.
The Argentine club reported in a statement before embarking that after the swabs carried out on Tuesday “all cases were negative”, so that each of the members of the delegation is able to travel “without any health risk.”
More than 20 Boca footballers were infected with coronavirus during the concentration that Russo’s team held at the end of August on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Most of them had asymptomatic disease.
Boca clarified that all members of the campus that travel to Asunción “have a medical discharge for COVID-19 signed by a specialist in Infectology and a certificate of physical fitness, according to the cardiological and clinical studies carried out.”
While those footballers who tested positive in the last tests, such as the case of defender Lisandro López, “will stay in Argentina until completing the corresponding isolation.”
But these explanations do not conform to Libertad, who in a subsequent statement offered Boca to perform new swabs in a private clinic in Asunción “to clear up any reasonable doubt” after the controversy that was unleashed when the Paraguayan Ministry of Health and CONMEBOL authorized the Argentine club to travel with positive players.
The argument given by the health authorities and the South American entity is that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers that a person is no longer contagious 10 days after a positive PCR test.
Russo will not direct his team since on the advice of the doctors he will remain in Buenos Aires. The strategist is a patient recovered from prostate cancer.