Macri and Abal Medina fight for ‘Fútbol para Todos’
February 16, 2013
Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri said Friday that if he becomes president in 2015 will change the “Football for All” program by a “mixed” system, and the Chief of Staff Juan Manuel Abal Medina accused him of wanting a “football for a few.”
Thus, the free transmission of the national football tournament through Public Television became another point of contention in the already strained relationship between the Pink House and the Government of Buenos Aires.
Macri said that “at the time, football was organized very well without intervention and manipulation of the national government,” adding: “Organizing football, and I can say that I learned something, we spend a lot of funds to social housing, schools, roads, so many things.”
However, the mayor said in a conversation with radio station La Red that eliminate the “Football for All” didn’t mean return to encrypted payment system that existed when the transmission of the matches were the exclusive property of Torneos y Competencias.
In response, Abal Medina said, “It is good that (Macri) clarify his intentions, his vision of the country, which is an Argentina for a few.”
“Macri wants a few health, education for a few, work for a few, few industry. In short, when he says that would eliminate the Football for All, shows the vision of a country that is for a few, their friends, who benefited from adjustment policies,” he added.