A professional football coach has been sacked after reportedly having an affair with one of his players’ wife.
Paraguayan club Libertad de Paraguay have fired their head coach Leonel Alvarez despite winning their first match of the Copa Libertadores 4-1.
It was reported on local media that the 51-year-old coach, who is regarded as a legend in Colombia, has been secretly dating Patty Gonzalez, wife of star player and 56-time capped Paraguay midfielder, Edgar Benitez.
Gonzalez has denied the rumours, saying on social media: “I assure you it’s completely false. From my side, it’s clearer and I hope people from the club clear up the situation at some point. The truth is that we have nothing to do with the situation, we are unconnected with what happened.”
Paraguayan TV show Teleshow claim that aside from Alvarez being rumoured to have had a fling with Gonzalez, Libertad striker Tacuara Oscar Cardozo, formerly of Benfica, is said to have slept the coach’s girlfriend, model Johanna Garcia, 31.
Alvarez is yet to make a statement on the situation but his assistant coach at the Paraguayan outfit, Ruben Dario Bedoya opened up about the controversial ordeal.
“We came to training at 7:30 but they didn’t let us go in. It doesn’t seem professional to us, it’s shocking treatment.
“It surprised us because if a decision is made, one must be allowed to enter and take their belongings. It’s disrespectful,” he told reporters, during an official press conference, as per NAIJ.
The club’s lawyer Gerardo Acosta said; “It has been decided to end the working relationship with Leonel Alvarez and his technical staff for motives only linked with the fulfilment of his contract.’’