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Sport Aguila de Huancayo and El Idunsa de Arequipa (photo) are not allowed to participate in the Peruvian Second Division. Both clubs have failed to meet various criteria for professional football in Peru. For example, they still had not paid the 2009 salaries of their squad, or had signed an agreement to do so.

 

Clubs in the First and Second Division of Peru have to pay their outstanding debts of the previous season, before the new season starts. When they fail to fulfil this obligation, they will be suspended from participating in all official tournaments, until they have paid their debts.

 

The last few days before the start of the 2010 championship, directors of Atlético Minero, Hijos de Ascovinchos, Bolognesi de Tacna, and El Sport Ancash visited the office of the Peruvian players’ association, SAFAP. These clubs from the second division signed agreements to pay off their debts to their squads.

 

According to league rules, clubs had to pay off their outstanding debts before Thursday 27 May. The championship was supposed to commence on 29 and 30 May. But the board of the Second Division suspended the first round, due to the problems the two earlier mentioned clubs were having with SAFAP.

 

Since Sport Aguila de Huancayo and El Idunsa de Arequipa did not pay or come to an agreement with SAFAP or the Board of the Second Division, they were suspended for this year’s championship and all other competitions. The Second Division started the season on 6 June with just ten teams instead of twelve. Last year Club Idunsa finished fourth in the Segunda División, one place ahead of Sport Aguila.