Chilean club championship set to resume after month-long suspension

By David Owen

November 11 – The Chilean football league may resume at the end of this week after a near month-long hiatus caused by the street violence and demonstrations that have swept the country. 

A statement from the ANFP, the national football association, said the national planning board had met to consider upcoming fixtures in the country’s top two divisions. While scheduling remained subject to events on the ground, clubs had been requested to commence normal preparations for these games to take place.

Universidad Católica look almost certain to lift the title, which would be their second in succession and their 14th in all. They are currently 13 points clear of Colo Colo, whom they are due to play next Sunday. Both clubs have played 24 matches in a sixteen-team classification.

Conmebol last week announced the shifting of the showpiece final of the Copa Libertadores from the Chilean capital Santiago to Lima because of security concerns. The clash between Flamengo and River Plate is scheduled for November 23.

At least 20 people have been killed in Chile over recent weeks, as huge crowds have taken to the streets to protest a wide range of perceived problems, mainly related to inequality. The country was recently forced to pull out of hosting two prestigious international summits.

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