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Copa failure costs Batista Argentina job

sports Updated: Jul 27, 2011 02:18 IST
Buenos Aires

Argentina’s failure to win the Copa America as hosts and end an 18-year wait for a major title cost coach Sergio Batista his job on Monday.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA), facing an identity crisis in the national game, announced Batista had stepped down after his team were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals nine days ago.

“The national teams commission has decided to rescind the contract,” AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo told a news conference. “Batista wasn’t sacked,” Cherquis Bialo said. “(Batista) put his future as the head of the national team up for consideration by the (AFA) executive committee.”

Cherquis Bialo also said Argentina’s Aug. 10 friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Aug. 10 had been cancelled.

“The coaching staff of Argentina teams at all levels are under evaluation by the national teams commission,” he added.

“There are no deadlines, there’s no rush, no urgency (to name a new coach) so there will be a process of consideration and study.”

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