Tensions were running high at Boca Juniors’ Casa Amarilla training facility yesterday as defenders Juan Manuel Insaurralde and Jonathan Silva came to blows during a practice session.
The scrap came about after 32 year-old center-back Insaurralde criticised Silva, 10 years his junior, and his positioning during a training game, in which the pair were on the same team.
Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, understandably, reacted furiously to the meleè, ordering both players to leave training immediately before shouting “No vengan más” (“Don’t come back”).
Club President Daniel Angelici promised that both will be subject to sanctions, which according to press reports will be two weeks without payment.
No son comportamientos propios de un jugador profesional de @BocaJrsOficial y por eso serán sancionados.
— Daniel Angelici (@TanoAngelici) February 14, 2017
It seems the two made up fairly quickly, however, appearing in a press conference just hours after. Putting the clash down to no more than “five seconds of hot-headedness”, Insaurralde took responsibility and asked for the forgiveness of “Joni, my teammates, the technical body, the people and the club.”
Following Boca’s poor run of form over the pre-season period, having lost three on the bounce 5-3 on penalties to Chivas of Mexico, a damning 2-0 defeat to River and a worrying 3-1 collapse at Mar Del Plata’s Aldosivi, Silva went on to dismiss suggestions that unrest extends further than the training field: “We’re in a good moment and training well. All is well within the staff and the group.”
That may well be true, but today’s latest scandal – a video released in which winger and notorious bad-lad Ricardo Centurión appears to be drunk the night before the Superclásico defeat three weeks ago – will not be received well either.