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CAH president blames the players for the crisis

CAH president Aníbal Fernández talks at the press conference.

‘There is an internal conflict’

CAH president Aníbal Fernández said yesterday that the crisis — five players resigned — in the women’s team is caused by an internal conflict among the players and ratified Santiago Capurro as coach.

Argentine hockey Confederation (CAH) president Senator Aníbal Fernández excused himself from causing the crisis in the women’s national team called the Leonas after five players resigned from the team.

“There is an internal conflict among the Leonas,” said Fernández yesterday at the press conference held at the CAH headquarters. He considered that the players left the team because of the internal conflict which has been developing for the last year and a half. Fernández said that that disagreement caused the resignation of vice-captain Rosario Luchetti, Carla Rebecchi, Daniela Sruoga, Silvina D’Elía and Mariela Scarone a few days ago allegedly because the values with which they grew up as players are not being cared after by the CAH.

Newly-named coach Santiago Capurro — who was hired on June 31 but is not backed by the players — was ratified by Fernández.

“There are some players who hide the conflict for unknown reasons,” said Fernández. He tried to avoid naming Luchetti but referred to the “values” cited in the statement wrote by the midfielder. “It must be cleared up which values we are talking about,” he said.

Luchetti was the first player who resigned on July 4 and was followed by Rebecchi, Sruoga, D’Elía and Scarone less than a week later.

Fernández added that the new coach will call up the players whom he wants to have in the squad without considering their resignations. They may choose to accept or decline the offer.

The team last played the World Cup in The Hague last month with Carlos Retegui as coach of men’s and women’s teams. The Leonas, who arrived in the tournament as defending champions, finished third.

Fernández was elected CAH president in April 2013. He immediately fired both coaches — Marcelo Garraffo (women’s) and Franco Nicola (men’s) — to name Retegui for the men and Emanuel Roggero for the Leonas — he resigned after the World League semifinals. After that, Retegui, who had been in charge of the Leonas from 2009 to 2012, returned to the team but the relationship with the players was not good.

Herald staff

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