The start of the football season in Argentina has been delayed indefinitely because a number of the clubs involved are heavily in debt.
The season had been due to kick off on 14 August, but the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said some clubs did not have enough money to pay players.
“The executive committee of the AFA resolved unanimously tonight that the championships in all categories should not start on the scheduled dates,” said a statement posted on the AFA website late on Tuesday.
The organisation said it was continuing to look for “a substantive solution” to the financial problems facing the clubs and that their decision “will not affect intelligent and dignified meetings to seek a solution satisfactory to both parties”.
But the AFA said Argentina’s involvement in the Copa Sudamericana, the regional South Americas tournament, would not be affected.
AFA President Julio Grondona admitted that the situation was “very difficult”.
Grondona said an increase in revenue from television rights could help to ease the AFA’s problems but had so far not been agreed.
“The available resources cannot meet expenses. The situation is very difficult,” he said.