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Bench player threatens Argentine coach at gunpoint

César Pagani was frustrated he wasn't slotted to be in the lineup for an upcoming game and decided to take matters into his own hands, literally.

Saturday 3 February, 2018
Escuela Presidente Roca player César Pagani.
Escuela Presidente Roca player César Pagani. Foto:mundod.lavoz.com.ar

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A coach in the lower divisions of Argentine football has quit after a benched player threatened him at gunpoint during training.

Coach Cristian Neira of the Escuela Presidente Roca club, in one of the regional lower divisions in the Córdoba province north of Buenos Aires, stepped down from his position in the club after midfielder César Pagani pulled a gun during training and demanded to be in the starting lineup on Thursday, said Emeterio Farias, president of the Córdoba Football League.

"The coach quit," Farias said in an interview with Radio Suquia on Friday. "The player threatened him with a gun during training. There's another kid who is playing (in the starting lineup) and the coach thinks he is better, and he has the right to decide who plays."

Farias said Neira decided not to press charges out of fear, but said he reported the incident to the police.
"I hope the authorities do something. A guy like this cannot be free," Farias said. "We can't allow the violent (people) to push us around."

Escuela President Roca plays in the Federal C category of Argentina professional football, one of the many lower level regional tournaments below the first division.

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