Fifa asks AFA to explain renaming of Clausura after Falklands War battleship

The country's governing body changed the name of the championship to the 'Clausura General Belgrano' in memory of those who died on the vessel 30 years ago
Fifa has asked the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to verify reports that it has renamed the Clausura after a ship sunk during the Falklands War.

The AFA moved to change the title of the championship to the 'Clausura General Belgrano' in memory of those who died on the vessel 30 years ago. The name, along with a video explaining the significance of the change, has already started to be used in state-funded transmission Futbol Para Todos.

However, Fifa has now pointed out that doing so contravenes its regulations on discrimination.

"Fifa contacted the AFA with regards to a potential change of name of the Primera Division," a statement from the game's governing body read.

"According to media reports, the league was set to be named after 'Crucero General Belgrano'.

"Fifa has requested the AFA to provide further information on this matter, and reminded the AFA of article three of the Fifa statutes which prohibits any kind of discrimination against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason.

"A potential change of name of the Liga de Primera Division would clearly infringe the above mentioned article and could be sanctioned in accordance with the Fifa Statutes."

Argentina and Great Britain fought a 10-week war over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in 1982.

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