Soccer — Local newsTuesday, January 21, 2014
Verón criticizes Estudiantes officials
Confirms that he will play for another six months
Juan Sebastián “La Brujita” Verón said that the Estudiantes officials are more worried about appearing in front of a camera than working on the needs of the country club employees, who have not received their salaries yet. He also confirmed that he will play for another six month and will then retire.
Former Argentina international Juan Sebastián Verón has harshly criticized Estudiantes de La Plata’s officials for spending more time in front of a camera than in the club working with the needs of the employees.
“I would prefer to see the officials walking around the country club and not taking their time to appear in front of a camera six times a day,” said the 38-year-old Verón in a press conference yesterday.
Country club workers protested as the club has not yet paid them.
Verón called the press conference to make public his disappointment with the board led by Enrique Lombardi and, like many of his predecessors feels the weight of “La Brujita” in the club.
“We have to build the present here. The club needs to be in touch with the people who work in the country club and in the squad to know what their needs are,” he added.
The midfielder, who was not sure he could continue after the end of the Initial Tournament 2013, officially announced yesterday that he will continue playing for six more months and will then retire.
“It’s only for this six months, then I will stop,” said Verón at the Coutry Club City Bell, where Estudiantes trains during the pre-season.
Verón, who led Estudiantes to the Libertadores Cup championship in 2009, had retired on June 24, 2012, when the team drew 2-2 with Unión for the last round of the Clausura Tournament. However, he returned a year later due to the irregular campaign of Estudiantes and fans’ requests.
After confirming that he will not be part of the team which will face Gimnasia in this summer’s La Plata derbies, Verón questioned his former teammate Santiago Vergini for leaving the club and negotiating a transfer to a European club.
“It doesn’t matter about the ambition he has, as we all had it as players, because he also had teammates and the farewell could have been in another way.”
Vergini joined Sunderland’s fight for Premier League survival on loan until the end of the season. Sunderland is 19th in the standings with all of the bottom three sides on 18 points after 22 games.
The first La Plata derby of the year will be played on Sunday at the José María Minella stadium in Mar del Plata.
Herald with agencies