Keylor Navas made match-fixing threats, says ex-Costa Rica federation chief

Keylor Navas made match-fixing threats, says ex-Costa Rica federation chief

Keylor Navas has sued former Costa Rica federation executives for defamation. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Photographs

Former federation president Eduardo Li has testified that Keylor Navas threatened to lose video games deliberately with Costa Rica except a training change was made after the 2014 World Cup.

A trial is at present underway in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, with gamers Navas, Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges having sued former federation executives, Adrian Gutierrez and Juan Carlos Roman for defamation.

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Gutierrez claimed in a 2018 radio interview that in a gathering 4 years earlier these gamers had threatened to lose video games on objective if the federation didn’t half methods with then coach Jorge Luis Pinto.

Nonetheless, Gutierrez was not current in that assembly through which Navas, Ruiz and Borges attended as team captains.

The present federation president, Rodolfo Villalobos, was additionally on the assembly, as was the federation treasurer. Li, who presided the Costa Rica Federation in 2014 and was banned for all times by FIFA in 2017 in bribery case, testified on Monday as a witness of the defence.

He mentioned that after telling the gamers on the assembly that the FA’s intention was to resume Pinto’s contract, it was then when Navas talked about a clause within the contract of the nationwide team coach through which if he misplaced three consecutive video games there was trigger to terminate his contract.

Li additionally acknowledged that Ruiz had advised him that he was ready to give up the nationwide team if Pinto continued in cost.

Navas, the beginning goalkeeper of Paris Saint-Germain, and Ruiz, testified on Friday denying that they had threatened to lose video games deliberately and that the feedback made by the defendants had affected their dignity and picture.

“It isn’t one thing that has come out of our mouths and it’ll by no means occur, as a result of we’ve been skilled footballers for a few years, we’ve an honour and a status to defend,” he advised the newspaper Additional.

Ruiz did verify that he had mentioned within the assembly that he would stroll away from the nationwide team if Pinto continued because of alleged disrespectful therapy by the coach in direction of the gamers.

Underneath Pinto’s second spell accountable for Costa Rica, the nationwide team had their greatest ever World Cup efficiency after they went unbeaten to the quarterfinals of the 2014 match in Brazil earlier than shedding to the Netherlands on penalties.

Pinto, whose contract was not renewed, took over the Honduras nationwide team in December 2014.

The Colombian tactician testified on Tuesday through video hyperlink and mentioned: “President Li and I had a gathering and I bear in mind completely he took me to at least one facet and mentioned ‘the gamers say that for those who proceed they’ll lose two or three video games in order to get you out.’

“I advised them ‘let’s not get into that downside, you [federation] and your nation are going to be affected.’ I had provides and advised them that I mentioned that I wish to communicate to all of the gamers and ask them that,” Pinto mentioned.

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