Julio Grondona blasts Argentina coach Sergio Batista after Nigeria thrashing

The AFA chief accused 'Checho' of playing with the national team's reputation, after an under-strength team was humiliated 4-1 in Abuja
Argentina FA president Julio Grondona launched a scathing attack on coach Sergio Batista, claiming that Wednesday's 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Nigeria had threatened the country's reputation.

Playing a team composed of mainly Under-25 players, the Albiceleste were taken to pieces in Abuja on the way to a comprehensive defeat. Mauro Boselli was the only one to get on the scoresheet for his nation, converting a penalty awarded in bizarre circumstances in the 98th minute of play.

Speaking from Buenos Aires, the long-time head of Argentine football was furious at the result, and warned that such things were not acceptable for the Seleccion.

"These games are not just to make money, Batista asks for them. You cannot raffle off the prestige of our national team," 'Don Julio' fired to Radio Mitre after watching the game.

He accused Batista of underestimating Nigeria by putting out such an inexperienced team, which cost Argentina dearly.

"You cannot play against Nigeria, who put in their best players, with a team that was not up to their level."

Grondona finished by slowing down his invective, admitting that such games are sometimes useful to gauge the current levels of fringe players.

"The Seleccion has a certain hierarchy and sometimes it is useful to see if it is in our favour to organise these games," he somewhat cryptically concluded.

The Argentina 'B' team next face Poland, this Sunday at 17:00 CET.

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