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Clash of egos at River Plate


River Plate’s former goalkeeping great Ubaldo Fillol, a World Cup-winner with Argentina in 1978, has resigned as their first-team keeping coach after what he felt as a lack of respect shown by Juan Pablo Carrizo on Sunday.

Carrizo brushed Fillol aside when the older man tried to console him as he left the pitch with jeers ringing in his ears after a blunder that allowed San Lorenzo to equalise for a 1-1 draw that left River in the relegation zone.

“I felt humiliation and shame… I don’t forgive this kind of attitude,” Fillol, who felt slighted in public, said in a statement on his personal website (

It was the second dire weekend for Carrizo, who was at least partially to blame for both goals in River’s 2-0 defeat away to Boca Juniors in the “superclasico” the previous weekend.