The tension during Mexico’s game against Uruguay continued after full time as Mexico coach Juan Carlos Orios claimed being disrespected by Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez.
Both Mexico and Uruguay finished the Copa America opener with a 10 man squad after Andres Guardado and Matias Vecino was sent off the field. Hector Herrera and Rafael Marquez’s goal, together with Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira’s own goal led Mexico to their victory.
Coach Osorio advised the players to target Gimenez’s weaker foot, and it seems like the Uruguayan defender did not take it lightly as Osorio claimed that Gimenez confronted him after the game regarding the issue.
Osorio felt “disrespected” and said that a behavior like Gimenez’s should not be accepted from a professional football player.
“It is impetuous, inappropriate behavior from a professional who not only plays in one of the best teams in the world – Atletico Madrid – but also in one of the best national teams in the world.” said Osorio.
He also defended that it is a coach’s right to instruct the players to focus on the weaker foot of the opponents.
The Uruguay team’s afternoon ended and started poorly too, as instead of their national anthem being played, the Chilean National Anthem was blasted off the speakers during the opening ceremony of the match.
The Copa America 2016 has released an official statement on their Twitter Account regarding the incident where they apologized to the Uruguay National Team, to the people of Uruguay and the fans for the mistake, and made sure that the incident will not happen again.
Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Jose Maria Gimenez