Sunday, October 1, 2023

In 20 years covering the Qualifiers I have never suffered as much as I did in Barranquilla

If not because Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) buy tickets for about 40 journalists from neighboring countries, they would have been left without watching or covering the match against Colombia, on Thursday, September 7.

One of the ‘beneficiaries’ in FVF’s act of generosity is Fernando Petrocelli, that his credentials were not approved to enter the stadium as a journalist despite requesting it in advance.

Petrocelli, with canal, Ruta Vinotinto, which has the most subscribers in Venezuelan soccer, said that in the 20 years he has been covering qualifying matches he has never received the same treatment he was given in the press office of Colombian Football Federation, in the head of Carlos Lajud, which he described as “despot” e “no compromise” to your X account (formerly Twitter).

“On Sunday we arrived in Barranquilla and on Monday, when Colombia was training, I wrote to see how the issue of credentials was progressing and they told me there were only 25 places for the Venezuelan press if I think there are more than 70 We are traveling. There are people who rejected their applications. credentials on Tuesday, in a complete lack of respect and besides unpreparedness on the part of the Colombian press department Football Federation to work together and solve the problem. “They are not really interested, they don’t want to accredit many people, they are stupid,” Petrocelli stated in Zero zone.

“I have covered the World Cup qualifiers for 20 years, this is my fourth trip to Colombia, I was in Bogotá in 2008, in Barranquilla in 2011, in Barranquilla in 2016 and now in Barranquilla again, and none of Colombia or in other countries. if I experienced what I suffered, because it is a suffering. Thank God that I broadcast in the stands and the people are super friendly, super generous, they even enjoy the broadcast, the others know me from my time at Directv, they greet me with great affection, but this is a risk, a broadcast from a rival team in the stands of the local team. The truth is that it is not good how they handle it and how they don’t want to solve it, they don’t care, they don’t care” added the famous communicator.

Despite the bad experience, Petrocelli acknowledged that the treatment he received from the Colombian fans in the stands of the Roberto Meléndez stadium was very good.

“I don’t generalize, here in Colombia people treat me well, it’s a mole, a rather bad episode, sometimes humiliating, because I have to go to the press gallery because I have a program with Vbar Caracol and I sneaked into the press gallery, I went in and got quotes because I was there, I had to be there with all my colleagues until they saw me and let me out then I felt bad because I didn’t come to watch in the game. , I came to work.”

In his account of X, Petrocelli asked the Colombian Football Federation not to make another mistake in the next matches as the home of the Qualifiers

“I hope it doesn’t happen to other visiting teams because the Venezuelan press is a bit soft, I don’t know if they did it to the Argentinians or to the Uruguayans and they didn’t make a scandal,” Petrocelli concluded.

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