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The Bolivian footballers’ union (Futbolistas Agremiados de Bolivia, Fabol) says it’s urgently necessary for the state to take a stake in football. They hope to get away from the bottom of the table once and for all.

 

The Bolivian professional footballers undertook to make their wishes known, and they did so before the national side left for Argentina. They have asked president Evo Morales for an audience in the Palace to get the state to intervene in football, once and for all, as a kick-off to better days for the sport.

 

The letter requesting an audience was written in Santa Cruz. The document was signed by all 24 players called up for the current national team, and is also supported by the twelve teams in the Bolivian Professional Football League.

 

‘We want the state to work together with football and bring some order into it. Footballers are the only people who stand up at times of crisis, so they have now decided to give a reminder of the document presented in 2009, which still has had no response from the management. That’s why we are asking the Government to intervene in football’, said David Paniagua, Secretary General of the union.

 

In his view, it’s mainly the managements that are to blame for the current state of our football: ‘We are at the bottom of the classification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Ever since 2001, our clubs have been eliminated during the first leg of the Copa Libertadores de América.’

 

‘In view of this cruel and miserable reality, we are asking for a public audience as soon as possible with His Excellency, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Don Evo Morales Ayma, so that we can ask him once and for all to intervene in football - as all the governments of the other countries have done - by providing the mechanisms and economic resources necessary for our football to take on more importance and develop as it should’, says the document.

 

It also seeks the enactment of laws that will allow the Government to check up on the work of executives, who should be obliged to comply with the club regulations in force. ‘This will be the only way to compete on equal terms’, says Paniagua.