The Venezuelan national team criticized the treatment it received in Peru: “We were subjected to anti-football practices”

The Venezuelan national team and the Peruvian National Police were involved in a strong discussion at the end of the Qualifying match.

The 1-1 draw between Peru y Venezuela at the close of the sixth date of the South American Qualifiers was overshadowed by a series of inconveniences that bothered the Red wine. The goal of Jefferson Savarino meant a valuable point for those led by Fernando Batista and the team sought to celebrate with the people present in the stadium National of Lima. However, the local police did not allow them to approach the fans and The actions of the security agents ended with a strong statement on social networks.

Salomon Rondon He was the first to jump over the advertising signs that divided the field from the stands to give his shirt to one of the fans. Behind him, Nahuel Ferraresi tried to do the same with Yeferson Soteldo. The latter did manage to throw his garment into the stands, but his partner did not succeed, since one of the agents surrounding the place pushed him away, warning him that he was prohibited. The discussion escalated and one of the police officers tried to use his baton to attack part of the staffwith Ferraresi as the main victim.

In response to what happened, an extensive official statement was published. “The Venezuelan Football Federation strongly condemns the attacks, both verbal and physical, as well as the acts of discrimination and xenophobia suffered yesterday by our team and our fans. “Our Federation will not tolerate, neither inside nor outside Venezuelan borders, any humiliating treatment of our players, members of the technical team or fans of our team.”

And he added in this regard: “Since this match was announced, unsportsmanlike actions were generated that were evident to public opinion, the media and football fans in general, and we have been subjected to clearly ‘anti-football’ practicessuch as never-before-seen security measures related to the verification of immigration conditions to enter the stadium; an action that violates the human rights of our compatriots and against the sporting spectacle in general.”

Salomón Rondón confronts the Peruvian police the moment he tried to approach the fans (Photo: @idiomafutve)
Salomón Rondón confronts the Peruvian police the moment he tried to approach the fans (Photo: @idiomafutve)

In addition, the organization specifically pointed out the conflict between Ferraresi and the Police: “It is very serious that one of our players was injured by an official when approaching our fans to give them a shirt, an act that is absolutely normal and common in any football match. Off the field there were actions that we must condemn, such as sexist and pejorative comments from a group of communicators towards Venezuelan women”.

The statement closed with the steps to be followed by the football authorities of the Red wine: “These types of actions directly attack the spirit of sportsmanship and harmony that must always govern football and our federation will fight them to the last consequences. “Venezuela is respected and Venezuelan football is respected.”.

For his part, the president Jorge Gimenez He used his profile to write a few words. “Zero tolerance for aggression, xenophobia and abuse against the family Red wine and against Venezuela. We will always defend our team and our people. Football is above all a place of unity, joy and respect. “Venezuela respects itself!”

The problems between Fernando Batista’s team and Peru did not end on the night of the match. This Wednesday a complaint also appeared about another mistreatment when returning. “The plane that brings our national team is still stranded at the Jorge Chávez airport in Lima, waiting for authorization to refuel and take flight. We demand respect and that the restrictive measures against our Vinotinto and against our country cease.”recited the second publication of the day.

THE COMPLETE STATEMENT FROM THE VENEZUELAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION

The Venezuelan Football Federation strongly condemns the attacks, both verbal and physical, as well as the acts of discrimination and xenophobia suffered yesterday by our team and our fans, during the match held in Lima, between the teams of Peru and Venezuela on the 6th date of the 2026 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers.

Our Federation will not tolerate, neither inside nor outside Venezuelan borders, any humiliating treatment of our players, members of the technical team or fans of our team.

Unfortunately, since this match was announced, unsportsmanlike actions were generated that were evident to public opinion, the media and football fans in general, and we have been subjected to clearly “anti-football” practices, such as security measures never seen before. related to the verification of immigration conditions to enter the stadium; an action that violates the human rights of our compatriots and against the sporting spectacle in general.

Likewise, it is very serious that one of our players was injured by an official when approaching our fans to give them a shirt, an act that is absolutely normal and common in any football match and that should not attract a police sanction such as the one that our player has suffered.

Also off the field there were actions that we must condemn, such as the sexist and pejorative comments of a group of communicators towards Venezuelan women. Something unspeakable and that we are not willing to allow.

These types of actions directly attack the spirit of sportsmanship and harmony that must always govern football and our federation will fight them to the last consequences.

For all these reasons, our authorities will immediately take action before the different competent bodies, inside and outside of football, so that these attacks do not go unpunished and thus guarantee that unfortunate situations of this type do not occur again.

Our answer is clear: Zero tolerance. Football must always be a spectacle that promotes unity and healthy competition between countries, a place in which there is no possible space for acts of discrimination, nor for situations of violence or repression, just as CONMEBOL has been strongly promoting since long ago with the campaign against discrimination.

We will firmly support our team and coaching staff at all times, who showed exemplary behavior during the match and have been doing an excellent job. In the same way, we will defend our Venezuelan fans, who are accompanying and supporting this effort full of enthusiasm, passion and enthusiasm.

We also appreciate all the expressions of solidarity and support that we have received, from all over the world, towards the great Vinotinto family.

As we have already said before: Venezuela is respected and Venezuelan football is respected.

We continue working to raise the flag of our country to the highest!

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