Rivalries don’t get much bigger than Brazil and Argentina, and the hostility was on full display during Saturday’s “friendly” match in Beijing.
Brazil manager Carlos Dunga got in a heated exchange with an assistant on Argentina’s bench during his Selecao’s 2-0 win, appearing to accuse him of using drugs. Media reports in Argentina claim Dunga’s actions were directed at Tata Martino’s assistant Jorge Pautasso and insinuated that he “snorts cocaine like Diego Maradona.” Low blow!
When asked about the controversial gestures, Dunga gave an even weaker excuse. Translated from Globo:
"I was speaking about the pollution, here your nose is always blocked. I was not speaking about drug use. We represent the national side, and I think the fans want a competitive, fiery team. If you want a quiet, more restrained side, then they can hire someone else."
Riiiiight. You see? Dunga was just really, really upset about the Chinese air pollution, for which the Argentine bench was obviously responsible. Got it.
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