The Mexican soccer federation, which has already ordered all domestic games this weekend to be played behind closed doors in response to the influenza
outbreak, has agreed with Conmebol, the South American confederation, to move the next home games of San Luis and Guadalajara in the Libertadores Cup to Bogota, Colombia, on May 6.
Both round-of-16 matches will be played at El Campin Stadium. (No Colombian teams advanced to the round of 16.)
Uruguayan clubs Defensor Sporting and Nacional said they would refuse to
travel should either be drawn against a Mexican team. Other South American clubs had also expressed concerns.
The decision is only the latest in response to the influenza outbreak in
Guadalajara club Atlas has banned fans and media from attending training sessions.
Three Paraguayan players on Mexico City club Cruz Azul put their families on
planes back home.
Pachuca executive Andres Fassi
estimated that his club will have $500,000 in lost revenues (ticket sales and concessions) for
having had to play last week's and this week's games behind closed doors.
Fassi added that 3,500 people would be out of work.
The weekend games mark the
next-to-last round of the Torneo Clausura's first phase.