Carlos Antonio Vélez attacked the goalkeeper of the Argentine team, Emiliano Martínez. Image: Reuters and Carlos Antonio Vélez.
“‘The monkey even if he dresses in silk, the monkey stays’… even if he is a world champion, his pastry and bad milk surpasses him!”, were the words of sports journalist Carlos Antonio Vélez after the goalkeeper of Aston Villa and the Argentine team, Emiliano Dibu Martínez, will become world champion in Qatar 2022 against France.
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On that occasion (December 21, 2022), Vélez Naranjo attacked the Albiceleste goalkeeper via Twitter, whom he did not hesitate to describe as a disrespectful player and jerk, even off the pitch.
For the journalist and football analyst of the Planeta Fútbol program of the Antena 2 station, the guardapalos of the Argentine team is characterized by being a pedantic and proud person, being the remembered semifinal of the Conmebol Copa América 2021 against Colombia what caused the image of the goalkeeper was publicly affected, when he told Yerry Mina “Look what I eat you, brother” and Miguel Ángel Borja “cagón”.
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Even after Lionel Messi gave interviews in which he acknowledged that some of his celebrations and reactions were not adequate in Qatar 2022, Carlos Antonio reacted, talked about his family and certain behaviors that he detected in his grandson as a replica of what he did Martínez celebrating obscenely with the golden glove on his genitals during the FIFA World Cup award ceremony.
Through his usual audio column Palabras Mayores, from the Planeta Fútbol program, Vélez attacked Dibu, whom he considers a bad example for Colombian children with the following anecdote:
One goes looking at models and I tell them the anecdote. On vacation, in Lima, my grandson went to his soccer class and accompanied him every day. And one day of that, he began to celebrate the Dibu Martínez. Bah! I put his cry
The analyst of Caldas origin was emphatic that what is needed are examples to follow like Messi’s offering apologies, despite how provocative he was seen after eliminating the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the orbital event in Asia:
It seems good to me, because the boys copy that, I have told it, my grandson Antonio is playing soccer, now. He likes him and the World Cup got him into it and he is ‘stuck’. And he likes the arc, that’s the only bad news (laughs); In my time I did it, and I respect and love archers…
The also goalkeeper in his stage as an amateur soccer player and today a journalist confessed that when he was young, he had several references from the goal such as Pablo Centurión, Adolfo Riquelme, Rodolfo Camerini, Isidro ‘Trucutrú’ Olmos, José Rosendo Toledo, Gianfranco Troilo and Antonio Zaracho.
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To finish off the indignation of the also commentator for Deportes RCN and Win Sports, he said that the responsibility of the role models lies entirely with the soccer players, who today are more visible on social networks and the Internet in general:
The players don’t realize it, but everything they do, those guys fix it and repeat it. Be very careful, man, I don’t know what part you don’t understand. The Messi thing seems very good to me, it is a lack of respect with a rival… Very good Messi, we all make mistakes and do every barbarity, every foolish thing. I do them every day and at all times, but mine does not reflect as if it reflects all these boys who are exposed to the world through television
Despite the fact that Emiliano made it clear at that time that his actions occurred on the field of play, a large part of Colombians, including Vélez, could not close that chapter.
Apart from again generating controversy with Dibu, Vélez also left his comment on the situation of South American football and stated that the fact that Argentina has been champion does not mean that the other teams on this side of the world are going to prevail against the Europeans in the future.
Emiliano Martínez became a hero by prevailing in one of the executions and being crucial for the achievement of the World Cup. In moments of celebration, the goalkeeper approached the rival striker, the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé to comfort him in his defeat, an action that was well received by the world of football, but which would later be stained.
The foregoing considering that once in the dressing room, he was seen singing a harangue in which he mentioned that “Mbappé was dead” and when they arrived in Argentina, during the celebration caravan, some fans threw a baby doll at Martínez with Kylian’s face glued on, alluding to the fact that the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) winger is the “son” of the goalkeeper.
It was these facts, combined with the moment in which the award for the best goalkeeper was placed on his genitals, which once again focused the controversy on Martínez’s attitudes and once again fell on him a sea of criticism from the international press.