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Simulation backfires in Colombia

29 April 2009 23:54

Colombian player Carmelo Valencia is suspended for one domestic match following obvious simulation in Millonarios' local derby with Santa Fe, last Saturday.

Santa Fe were leading 1-0 when Millonarios' Valencia went down in the opposing penalty area, supposedly fouled by goalkeeper Agustin Julio. The referee did not only award a penalty, but also sent off the keeper. As Santa Fe had already used all of their substitutions, a defender had to finish the game between the posts. The penalty was converted, but no more goals were scored.

In comments following the game, Valencia admitted that his dive was indeed simulated and added that "football is for smart people."

The joke backfired though as the Colombian FA rescinded Julio's suspension and instead handed Valencia a one-match ban.

The 1-1 result was disappointing to both Santa Fe and Millonarios, as the two sides are practically without a chance of finishing in the top eight and qualifying for the next round.

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Primera A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +14 33
2 17 +10 30
3 17 +2 30
4 16 +9 29
5 17 +10 28
6 17 +1 27
7 17 -3 27
8 16 -2 26
9 17 +4 25
10 17 +1 25
11 17 +5 20
12 17 -3 18
13 17 -5 18
14 17 -8 17
15 17 -7 16
16 17 -11 16
17 16 -10 15
18 17 -7 14

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