October 16, 2021

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Atlético-MG abandons appeal to try to disqualify Palmeiras and trip to Libertadores final |  Editors

Atlético-MG abandons appeal to try to disqualify Palmeiras and trip to Libertadores final | Editors

Palmeiras’ classification in the 2021 Libertadores Cup final will not be the object of protest at Atletico MG who has been disqualified. After Conmebol rejected the club’s appeal, which wanted to invalidate Dudu’s target (Deyverson’s invasion), Rooster decided not to proceed with the matter and would not appeal the decision.

On Wednesday last week, hours after Atlético’s elimination by Palmeiras in Mineirao (0 x 0 on the road, 1 x 1 on the return, in Belo Horizonte), Gallo’s legal counsel has asked CONMEBOL to take disciplinary action against São Paulo FC. The organization published its decision on Monday 4 Reject all requests, which was:

  • Anol Dudu’s goal and determining the final score of the match 1-0 for Atlético, and the club’s classification for the Libertadores final against Flamengo.
  • Or the return match between the two teams will be repeated

Dudu celebrates the goal against Atletico in the Libertadores semi-final – Photo: Photo Crew / CONMEBOL

Athletic will also have the right to go to the appeals committee in Konmebol to try to reverse the lower court’s decision. To do this, it will be necessary to pay a cost of 3 thousand dollars (about 16.5 thousand Brazilian reals).

This Friday, in a meeting with journalists at the MRV Arena Experience Center (Atletico’s future stadium), President Sergio Coelho confirmed that Gallo would not pursue the case. The president also admitted that the chances of CONMEBOL accepting the establishment of a disciplinary measure were slim, but that the club acted to defend its rights and interests.

Immediately after the semi-final match that led to Atlético’s downfall in the Libertadores, Atlético’s board of deliberations indulged in a display of members (most of the board members are lawyers) indicating the club’s legal position. I analyzed the area responsible for Gallo and decided to file the protest without result.

The Libertadores was passed, more than ever, to Atlético. The club, which has huge sporting opportunities to play in the competition in 2022, is seeking the Brazilian national team title and the Brazilian Cup. He is the leader, isolated with 11 points, in Serie A, and will go into the knockout semi-finals this month, against Fortaleza.

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