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Passarella: Guardiola or Mourinho would not have saved River

River Plate president Daniel Passarella has blamed Argentine Football Association (AFA) chief Julio Grondona for his club's historic relegation in 2011, stating that the veteran administator "sent them to the B" due to a personal dispute with the Kaiser.

The outgoing head of the Millonarios, who has represented the club as player, coach and president, today gave a press conference as he prepares to step aside following four years in the job.

And speaking in front of reporters, Passarella stated that his refusal to toe the AFA line cost his club dearly.

"I am not running for re-election because my presence is damaging River. In order to punish a rebel who said that things had to be done differently, [The AFA] ended up punishing 17 million River fans and they sent us to the B, unfortunately," he fired.

The president was referring to a conflict with Grondona dating back to May 17 2011, when he turned up at the AFA HQ in Viamonte street and told the Association's head that "he had to go" after Patricio Loustau's controversial refereeing during a clash with Boca Juniors.

According to Passarella, his actions were motivated by Grondona, on hearing his complaints over the refereeing, dismissing the president by telling him "You know what you have to do? You should buy a goalkeeper."

"That was when I lost my head, I went to the AFA on Tuesday and I said in front of the whole world that he had to go," recalled Passarella, who described the event as the "only error" he made during his River administration.
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