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Discord in the Argentina squad – four players quit in protest

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Eliana Stábile pictured during last year’s football World Cup. She is one of four players who this week have left Argentina’s squad in protest against poor conditions. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 30.05.2024 10:23:09

Sport: There is unrest in Argentina’s squad ahead of two international matches against Costa Rica. Earlier in the week, goalkeeper Laurina Oliveiros, defenders Julieta Cruz and Eliana Stábile and midfielder Lorena Benítez quit in protest against the conditions of the national team.

Since the matches are played at home in Buenos Aires, the players are not paid to attend the gathering. Their family members are also not given free entry to the stadium.

– We do not believe that this is the right way to do it. We are all fighting for women’s football to grow, and I support everything they ask for, but we should come together and make a joint decision whether to stand up or not, says teammate Rocío Bueno about the defectors.

In social media, Argentina’s national team manager Germán Portanova expressed his dissatisfaction: “It is a sad situation. I told them that I respect the election, but we believe that it should be done in a different way.”

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