FVF votes to renew Libertadores deal
Venezuelan officials yesterday voted to maintain their current Copa Libertadores arrangement for five more years.
The vote, however, is just the first step. The Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) will present their decision to CONMEBOL as well as to the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) in hopes of ratifying the deal.
Since 1998, Venezuelan and Mexican clubs have competed in a pre-Libertadores tournament every year. The deal ran out in November after the end of the 2002 pre-Libertadores phase.
"The majority of the clubs in the First Division agreed to continue in the pre-Libertadores for five more years, although everything will be in the hands of CONMEBOL, since Mexico is in agreement regarding this phase of qualification," said FVF president Rafael Esquivel.
In November, South America officials said Mexico might not get a chance to compete in the Copa Libertadores after 2002. The contract with Venezuela had expired and the cost of putting together a pre-Libertadores had risen since 1998.
Venezuelan football officials had asked for around $18 million from the FMF in late November to continue the agreement for another seven years. FMF officials balked at the steep price but said then they would continue negotiating.
It was not immediately known whether the FMF has agreed to pay that sum or if they negotiated a different price.