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Cantero stays in charge amid tension

Threatening graffiti sprayed by hooligans on a garage door at the headquarters of Independiente soccer club read “goodbye Cantero,” in reference to the club president Javier Cantero, and “promotion or death.”

Independiente president has threatened to resign after loss against Sarmiento

Independiente president Javier Cantero dismissed rumours of his resign after a convulsive day after Independiente’s 2-0 loss to Sarmiento de Junín on Monday. It was its fourth fall from eight winless matches in the national B division.

The drama continues for the seemingly cursed club of Independiente de Avellaneda — as the president, Javier Cantero has recently dismissed what was believed to be his resignation. Following Monday’s embarrassing 2- 0 loss to Sarmiento de Junín, Cantero, who supposedly resigned from his presidency in nothing short of an ambiguous manner, is trying to recover from more than just this sole incident.

Coinciding with the loss against Sarmiento, Cantero is progressing through the midst of a series of other problems regarding the team — not all, however, regarding his inexplicit press conference and his contradictory text message to an Independiente journalist which bluntly stated “I did not resign, I do not know where they got that from the press conference.”

But this nearly adds to the mystical essence of the hated president, who, time after time, has taken the fault for the poor performance of the team. Specifically, in regards to the club’s demotion from the top division to the national B tournament, leaving the Red fanatics upset and unsure about the future of their beloved team.

This uncertainty, however, includes more than just the poor performance of the club. Since obtaining his presidency in 2011,Cantero has been at the centre of several incidents regarding the club’s well-being, including the mishandling of their financials, which reportedly has left the club in nearly 400 million pesos worth of debt.

Thus, it was nothing more than the tipping point when Cantero reportedly announced his frustrations as president and his supposed resignation to the head coach, Omar de Felippe yesterday, which sparked protests of infuriated fans chanting “Chau Cantero” (goodbye Cantero) to go along with countless signs that read “Ascenso o muerte” (Promotion or Death) — demonstrating the true passion of the die-hard fans and raising the question of what will happen with President Cantero?

Essentially, although president of the club, the future of his career may not be dependent on his decision to voice his frustration after a disappointing loss against Sarmiento — but rather in the hands of the Board of Directors of the Independiente Club —who met yesterday (without Cantero) to discuss the issues surrounding the team. Swarmed by reporters following the meeting, Daniel Siciliano, a representative of Independiente, insisted that these meetings without Cantero, happened frequently. Incidentally, when repeatedly asked about the status of their shaky president, he replied confidently saying “Cantero said that if he was the problem, he would go.” However, as fans have continued to voice, Cantero, most evidently is the problem, and his hypocritical actions have clearly shown he is not going to resign peacefully any time soon.

Additionally, the head of the Independiente hooligans, Pablo “Bebote” Álvarez, instantaneously decided to voice his opinion about the so-called resignation by cursing out Cantero on Facebook and taunting him by saying that he didn‘t even have the authority to punish him for what he said.

Later, Álvarez went to Independiente headquarter in Avellaneda and told the reporters (hiding his face with a helmet) his intention of being candidate for club presidency in next elections.

Herald staff with Télam

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