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Sampaoli's spot as Argentina coach in jeopardy?

Argentinean fans demand Sampaoli's sacking due to traffic incident

December 26, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
The former Sevilla boss was pulled over along with some friends after his daughter's wedding, but his reaction was totally uncalled for.

A potential roadblock has gotten in the way of Jorge Sampaoli's term as Argentina's boss, as La Albiceleste fans were massively disappointed by his behavior after his daughter's wedding.

According to reports by TyC Sports, the Argentinean boss was traveling with seven friends in a car after the wedding, when they were pulled over by police officers, who noticed that there were too many occupants in the car.

The officers proceeded to perform a breath test on the driver, and asked three occupants to continue their path on foot. Sampaoli tried to use his leverage as Argentina's boss to ask the officers to let them leave the scene, but as they refused, Sampaoli stepped out of the vehicle calling them names.

Things nearly got out of control when Sampaoli screamed at the police officer "What's your deal? You earn 100 pesos a month, you f**k! And on top of that, you're making me walk two blocks," according to the leaked footage. Sampaoli had to be pulled away from the scene to prevent action by the police officers.

Fans demanded Sampaoli's sacking for his classless reaction, with most of them criticizing how he tried to make himself taller due to his wage, rather than obeying his country's laws.

"Anger made me say things I don't believe in" - Jorge Sampaoli

After all the backlash from the incident that took place on December 25th, Jorge Sampaoli issued a statement apologizing for his actions.

The press release was published on the Argentine Football Association's website.

"I feel completely ashamed about what happened that day after my daughter's wedding in Casilda. Anger, in an argument where I didn't have a point, made me say words that don't represent what I believe in or stand for. I understand that those traffic controls are necessary in Argentina for everyone's safety, as they have saved countless lives."

"I want to apologize in particular to the officer which I abused verbally. I will do so personally, as I've already done with Casilda's Municipal officers. Under no circumstances I can think that you are what you earn, and our wage doesn't represent the qualities or the worth of any human being," the press release states.

Will that be enough for Sampaoli to keep his job? We'll have to wait and see.


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