One month before the Libertadores final, the stage for the decision of the tournament, between Flamengo and Athletico Paranaense, continues to generate controversy. Host city, Guayaquil is experiencing a growing wave of violence, and rumors about a possible change of the stadium of the match begin to emerge. However, according to Ecuador’s sports minister, Sebastian Palacios, the Monumental remains the field of play.
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– We have been working closely with Conmebol and we are in permanent contact. Guayaquil is the headquarters. Let’s not give room for rumors – wrote Sebastian in response to an Ecuadorian journalist who asked him about the matter on Twitter.
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The crisis in Guayaquil is caused by the drug trafficking war in the country. According to local authorities, from January to August of this year, more than 850 people were murdered. The Government of Ecuador even declared a state of exception, which is the suspension of constitutional rights and guarantees, until October 14th.
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The Monumental stadium is home to Barcelona de Guayaquil and has a capacity for almost 60,000 people. For Flamengo and Athletico Paranaense fans who want to accompany their clubs in the decision, the ticket costs at least R$ 745. The match is scheduled for October 29, at 5 pm.