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Lots of confusion in Argentine football in absence of longtime leader Grondona

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's football leadership seems to be struggling to make decisions following the death of longtime strongman Julio Grondona.

The Argentine Football Association on Tuesday changed the mid-week schedule for league games three times — trying to adjust for a strike by stadium workers — but eventually settled on the original schedule for Wednesday and Thursday matches.

Such a scenario was hard to envision under Grondona, the former AFA president who died on July 30 after running the body for 35 years. His death has left clubs openly quibbling among themselves.

New AFA President Luis Segura defended himself on Wednesday, saying "we've been unfairly criticized. We had to work around the strike issue."

Says Banfield club President Eduardo Espinosa: "It's hard to replace Julio (Grondona) and the way he ran things."

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