The Iraqi football team taking part in the U-20 World Cup starting Saturday in Argentina was accused of abusing an employee of the hotel where they are staying in the city of La Plata (south) as well as “acts” of vandalism,” according to a police report.
The events were reported by the security liaison with the Iraq U20 National Team, First Lieutenant Pedro Villemos, who called his superiors at the Dazzlerde de la Plata Hotel (60 km south of Buenos Aires), where the country’s squad is staying. East.
“Villemos reports that he met a young woman who works in the restaurant on the top floor of the hotel and she told him that on that date (Thursday the 18th) members of the Iraqi delegation touched an intimate part of her body Was. ”, says the report of the Departmental Security Police Station of Buenos Aires Province.
According to the police note, the woman did not want to file a criminal complaint and did not want to reveal her identity.
The hotel’s head of reception, Maximiliano Sanabria, assured that in addition to some of the 48 members of the Iraqi delegation “wandering through the corridors and arriving at the hotel’s reception in their underwear, they have intentionally activated the alarm system of fire and other unusual misconduct never seen in the hotel,” according to the report.
Another employee added “to these acts of vandalism, the fact that some members of the delegation had misbehaved with a translator from the area,” and assured that an elevator was disabled due to “breaking down due to being overweight”. Went.
According to the police report, the head of the Iraqi delegation, Mohammad Naser Shakom al-Mansouri, was informed through translators.
When consulted by AFP, the hotel declined to comment.
In a statement published on its Telegram account, the Iraqi Federation denied “the false information and rumors (…) that are being circulated, referring to the problems at the residence of our team.”
“The leadership of the delegation assures that everything is going well and there is no hindrance in the peace of the delegation,” the unit said.
Iraq is drawn in Group E of the U-20 World Cup along with Uruguay, England and Tunisia.