AFA abandons present plans of Primera Division overhaul

Despite the body originally stating its intent to merge Argentina's top two leagues, the idea has been scrapped for now amid much criticism, but could be revisited at a later date
The Argentine FA has decided to opt against restructuring the top-level of the country's football league pyramid, the body has announced on its official website.

After much criticism from many footballing quarters in the country, plans to create a 38-team top division have been ditched for the time being, the organisation confirmed in a colourfully-worded statement on Tuesday.

"On Monday July 25, the President of the Argentine Football Association, at a meeting with the Executive Committee, proposed a new First Division Championship, beginning in 2012-13, in order to be considered in an assembly," read the statement.

"However, it has resulted in huge, intentional confusion, cunning resentment to the creation of an environment that reforms Argentine football and sly deflection to the first and only intent of the proposal [in preserving the country's biggest clubs].

"Faced with this response, the Argentine Football Association has made known that the President has decided to suspend the proposal as considered in Executive Committee meeting on July 25."

The plan was to fuse together the 20 teams from the Primera Division with the 18 from Nacional B, the second-tier league in the South American country.

However, it was widely viewed as a ploy to help relegated giants River Plate back into the top-flight, whilst ensuring other major outfits did not risk enduring the same fate.

The Apertura championship, the first of two in the Primera Division season, opens on August 6.