Vélez threaten to take Atleti back to court

The club is furious over Germán Pacheco's loan deal to Independiente

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Vélez Sarsfield are furious now that they have found out our youngster Germán Pacheco has been loaned out to Independiente, one of their direct rivals.

There was much to do about the Argentine forward, when Atlético contracted him in 2008. Vélez Sarsfield took Atlético to court when they weren’t compensated for their prodigy.

Atlético however argued that the Pacheco-family had moved to Spain because the mother, Laura Pacheco, was offered a job to teach in Madrid. As a result, Pacheco joined Atlético’s academy. The FIFA ruled in Atlético’s favour.

Pacheco had an impressive season in our Juvenil A and started preseason with the first team in the summer of 2009. The forward impressed, but was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano. After six disappointing months for Rayo, he returned to play for Atlético B, but barely featured.

This summer Pacheco has returned to Argentina, to play for Independiente, which led to an angry reaction by Vélez president Fernando Raffaini:

“The return of the kid to our country proves that the family’s argument was false. This clearly was a robbery.”

“We’ll appeal to the FIFA to revert their decision. We have also informed Independiente of the situation.”

Atlético and the player will probably argue that Pacheco now is an adult and free to move where he wants.

Ironically, the nineteen-year old could make his debut for Independiente against Vélez Sarsfield this Sunday.


  • Ringo Schut

    Yeah, I believe there’s a difference in your direction influenced by your parents, when you’re 15 or 19 🙂

    Conclusion: Just give up Vélez, if you want our money, sell us Otamendi 😉

  • Rahul

    Otamendi? No thanks. Now that Godin is signed, I see absolutely no need for another center half. Especially if Godin and Aguero get their Spanish passports in time.