Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has spoken out today for the first time since the fiasco that happened in Brazil at the weekend.
With the Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur players involved being the subject of a chase by the Brazilian authorities, the match was suspended with no decision from FIFA yet.
That was obviously not the first issue in this international break. Argentina had trouble getting the four players from the Premier League, as they reached a controversial agreement with Aston Villa and the pair from Tottenham rebelled against their club.
So in a press conference today, Scaloni called for a fix for the next international fixtures. Since more World Cup qualifiers are taking place next month, and the month after, he expects the issues to be sorted out by then.
“I feel that after this fixture with Bolivia we have to rethink a lot of things, teams without their players, others came and we had to return them…” said Scaloni (via Olé).
“We have to sit down again and make a decision, we have time for the next date. We will meet with the coaches and federations, so it cannot be continued for the next fixture.”
“We knew the predisposition of the players, they did the impossible to be there. But a decision had to be made. I saw them worried and overwhelmed because their clubs wanted them to return as quickly as possible. It doesn’t have to happen again.”
Even though Argentina play Bolivia tomorrow night, they can’t count on Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, as they have returned to Europe already.
In October, the national team faces Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru.