If all the men who take a punch from women went to the press to speak, the world would be screwed, said Carlos Queiroz without knowing that the microphones were taking it.
The coach of the Colombian soccer team, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, was involved in a controversy as a result of a phrase linked to the situation of the Boca player Sebastián Villa. He delivered it on Monday, after the press conference prior to the match against Uruguay for the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, when he believed the microphones were off, and then it was made public.
During the press conference, Queiroz had been consulted regarding the possibility of summoning Villa, who is facing a legal case for sexist violence in Argentina after being denounced by Daniela Cortés, his ex-partner, and that on Sunday He returned to play in Boca after eight months.
“If he’s ready to play for Boca, he’ll be ready to play for the national team. I trust the institutions. If Argentina and Boca allow him to play, I don’t have to question why he’s playing, I just have to look at his level ”, argued the coach, who finally did not include Villa in the list of 24 cited for the duels with Uruguay and Ecuador .
That day, Queiroz was asked if it seemed right for Villa to be allowed to play, despite his legal situation. “I am not an institution, I am a coach of the Colombian national team. They pay me to decide if a player has the quality to come to the national team. When the courts make decisions, I will abide by them. I am not a judge and I believe that we do not have the right to condemn ”, he replied.
Once the virtual press conference was over, Queiroz began to talk with the press officer of the Colombian Football Federation, Juan Raúl Mejía, who read a tweet from the journalist Sarah Castro, in which he questioned the coach for his analysis of Villa’s situation.
“The Colombian Selection is also an institution, Professor Queiroz. You don’t just come to choose athletes, ”Castro had written on his Twitter account. “No one asked / said / suggested that Queiroz or the FCF be anyone’s judges, but they must assess their social responsibility as an institution when it comes to issues of gender violence both from players and within the National Teams. Protocols, measures, positions ”, he had added.
Without noticing that the microphones were open, Queiroz criticized the journalist and assured: “If all the men who take a punch from women went to the press to speak, the world would be screwed.”
The FCF Press Department tried to prevent Queiroz’s words from being made public and quickly removed the video of the press conference from its digital platforms, but the audio had already been saved by different users.
A couple of hours later, the Portuguese coach tried to clarify something that was quite difficult to clarify. “In the face of any misunderstanding that results from the audio, partial and private, after the press conference, I publicly and unequivocally reaffirm, as I did at the conference, the conviction that any trial and media conviction does not replace the primary function of justice” he wrote on his Twitter account.