FMF hits back over Boy’s Bravo claims

Omar Bravo will miss crucial games for Atlas, and coach Tomas Boy is less-than pleased with the Mexican federation.
Omar Bravo’s injury early in the Clasico Tapatio on Saturday has left Atlas coach Tomas Boy fuming over organization within the Mexican soccer federation (FMF).

Boy alleged that Bravo’s trip back to Guadalajara from San Francisco – where he appeared for 28 minutes in El Tri’s 0-0 tie with Peru last Wednesday – took over 12 hours and was the reason the 33-year-old picked up a hamstring tear that will keep him out for at least two weeks at a critical time of the season for the Rojinegros.

“I’m very angry, the logistics of the Mexican national team are terrible,” slammed Boy on Tuesday in a press conference at Atlas. “I can’t understand why they invite a player like him to be on the bench and to travel almost 12 hours to arrive back in Guadalajara. He’s very sad.”

Boy didn’t hold back there, suggesting that the friendlies of the sort against Peru are worthless and a risk to players, pointing out that Tigres, too, lost a vital player in Hugo Ayala to injury in last week’s national team game.

The FMF, however, has hit back over the claims in a press release Wednesday.

The FMF suggested that Bravo actually missed his original first flight from San Francisco to Houston after the federation had taken him to the airport.

The federation then found Bravo a new flight to Guadalajara via Mexico City, explaining why the journey took so long.

It also said that the injury Bravo incurred against Chivas was in no way the fault of the FMF.