Russia: Argentina slams journalists over Sampaoli sacking rumours

SOT, Journalist (Spanish): “Not all of us” SOT, Javier Mascherano, Argentinean football player (Spanish): “Well, most of you, most of you, most of you, mate. They said it in a newspaper where you worked, so most of you.” President of the Argentina Football Association Claudio Tapia along with players Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia denied the recent rumours about a coup attempt against... Еще coach Jorge Sampaoli by the players, accusing journalists of distorting information and «lying» during a press conference at the Bronnitsy Training Centre near Moscow, Sunday. The rumours were sparked after their unexpected 3:0 loss against Iceland, as numerous media announced the possible sacking of Sampaoli due to the bad result of the Argentinian team in the group stages of the World Cup. «You have seen today the technical body directing the practice, and the team training, which demonstrates that many of the things that you have explained are a lie, they don’t happen. So, thank you very much. Even if we understand that you are dying to be the first ones to publish a news, [we would like to ask you] to support the players, that you don’t die to know the line-up, or to be the ones to say it first, because that helps our rivals. That demonstrates how you are damaging the national team, just because you want to be the first ones to put out the news.» Mascherano described the relationship with Sampaoli as «absolutely normal.» He also had a small dispute with a reporter who was present in the conference after he accused «most» media of «viralising myths.» Argentina can only reach the final 16, if they beat Nigeria on June 26.

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