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Extraordinary Report Explains Why Aguero Was Punished And Dropped For World Cup

Extraordinary Report Explains Why Aguero Was Punished And Dropped For World Cup

It has been an overwhelmingly disappointing World Cup for Argentina. There were reports of mutiny, Messi's tears, several spectacularly flustered formations and ultimately a 4-3 loss against France in the last 16. Watching on from the sidelines for the majority of it was, surprisingly, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.

Aguero faded from the starting team before Jorge Sampaoli's side faded from the tournament. He started and scored in their opening game and was then taken off in their 3-0 loss against Croatia. He did not start another game, coming on today and scoring a late consolation.

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Despite reports that Sampaoli had been ousted by the players, journalist Jose Alvarez Haya of El Chiringuito TV has had several interesting reports in the Spanish media during the World Cup. He reports that the decision was nothing to do with on-field matters and Aguero's post-match interview after the Croatia defeat cost him his place for the rest of the tournament. When asked about Sampaoli's comments after that game, Aguero told reporters "let him say what he wants" before storming out of the interview.

Haya is a known friend of the Man City and Argentina striker and confirmed the news that Aguero would not start the last two games several days before the actual fixtures.

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In hindsight, the non-selection had big ramifications on the field. With a reported lofty compensation due, Sampaoli told the press after he watched his team crash out of the World Cup that he will not resign. It appears his controversial reign will continue until the Argentine FA decide to intervene, and that decision could be costly.

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