MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – After an early exit from the World Cup in Qatar, a group of Mexico national team players and Argentina coach Gerardo Martino returned to the country on Sunday after being booed by a small group of fans. Were. .. In the first stage.
Mexico finished with four points and was third in Group C due to goal difference, with Argentina and Poland advancing to the round of 16.
This was the first Mexican elimination at the first stage since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
“You only went to rob Tata, why did you take (Rogelio) Funes Mori?” claimed the man who approached the coach a meter away at the capital’s airport.
A section of Mexican fans never understood the decision to include naturalized Argentine-born Funes Mori over historic scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernández or leading scorer Santiago Giménez in the Europa League.
Fanis Mori barely played seven minutes in three World Cup matches.
Martino did not respond to the fans’ claims and walked out of airport security through the terminal area to board a van from the Mexican Federation. He was accompanied by his compatriot Norberto Scoponi, the goalkeeping coach and a handful of players from the local league.
The European league players took on a stopover in Madrid on a flight that left Doha the day before, to other destinations. Other players, such as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, midfielder Hector Herrera and Funes Mori himself, were on leave in Doha for a few days.
Martino would not remain in his position as his contract expired and the leaders announced that they would not re-hire him. He is expected to submit a report on what happened during his four-year tenure, including his exit from the World Cup.
The leaders said they would have 60 days to discuss who would take Martino’s job. Uruguayan Guillermo Almada, the recent champion with Pachuca in the MX League, is one of the strongest candidates.
Mexico has scheduled official matches for the CONCACAF Nations League against Suriname on 23 March and against Jamaica on 26th of the same month.