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Lazio claim Marcelo Bielsa quit because he was tapped up for the Argentina job

The fallout from Marcelo Bielsa’s two-day spell in charge of Lazio has continued, with another bizarre twist.

Following his resignation, it is believed that Bielsa will replace Gerardo Martino as Argentina manager.

Lazio’s lawyer Gian Michele Gentile has said he will contact FIFA to in an attempt to have the Argentinian FA and Bielsa sanctioned if he takes the job.

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“It’s no surprise [that Bielsa could take the Argentina job],” Gentile told Sky Italia.

“It’s the only explanation for Bielsa’s behaviour in giving up €3m per year. I figured there must be an alternative offer, either for more money or more prestige.

“We’ll ask the FIGC to take action with the governing bodies at Fifa, because the AFA , knowing there was a contract, prompted Bielsa to break that contract.


“There’s a responsibility from the point of view of sporting law, and Fifa have the authority to sanction Bielsa and the [Argentinian] Federation.”

Bielsa managed Argentina unsuccessfully between 1998 and 2004.

In the 2002 World Cup they were beaten 1-0 by England and humiliatingly went out at the group stage.

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