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Los Angeles, CA | Nov 5 | Kelly Landaverde – @Kel_landaverde
Chile’s soccer federation called off the friendly against Bolivia because of the protests that are happening in both South American nations. The game was scheduled to be played on Friday. Sebastián Moreno the federation head, said on Tuesday that is has been suspended. Chilean players also declined to play Peru in a soccer friendly on Tuesday. Their decision was due to bigger priorities than soccer. Chile’s association notified Peru. Chile’s national soccer championship remains suspended. Santiago was scheduled to host the Copa Libertadores final between Argentina’s River Plate and Brazil’s Flamengo on November 23, but the match was moved to Lima for security reasons.
Chile has been in political turmoil for almost 20 days since the demonstrations began last month after the government announced a hike in the subway fares. The protests expanded, and include demands over education, health services, and economic inequality. They have also forced the cancellation of two major international summits, and from the protest 20 people have died in violent clashes. Chile’s head coach Reinaldo Rueda said he will use players of foreign clubs in the friendly against Peru so that those from the domestic league are available for the rest of the competition.