Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This Paraguayan international fell asleep on the bench during a top-flight Argentine match against Diego Maradona’s side.
CA Independiente winger Cecilio Dominguez, 25, was seen sleeping on the sideline in his club’s 1-0 loss to Argentine legend Maradona’s side Gimnasia Esgrima La Plata on Saturday 22nd February.
Despite starting the match, Dominguez was subbed in the 60th minute and was seen snoozing on the bench shortly after which caused outrage among fans.
Several supporters took to the internet to show their anger at the winger’s attitude with netizen ‘Mateoenzo_’ saying: “Far from doing the fiuuu” referring to Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s chant when he scores a goal.
‘Angelramirez350’ wrote: “And to think you have to pay to go watch him.”
‘Betovega211’ commented: “You cannot sleep on the pitch no matter how much partying you do. You wait 14 days to watch your club and you take a nap.”
‘Gaboar1193’ said: “Haha. He went too far.”
Dominguez is a controversial figure in Argentina after he was bought by Independiente in January of last year for a reported 4.77 million GBP from Mexican club giants Club America but has not yielded the expected results.
Popular Argentine journalist Martin Liberman recently said: “His stay at Independiente has left much to be desired at a price-to-product ratio, taking into account what was paid for him.”
Local media said this is the latest incident in a long line of tantrums and poor performances by the winger, however, there have been no reports of sanctions for the footballer by the club.
Gimnasia Esgrima La Plata’s victory places them in 20th position with 20 points taking them one step closer to keeping their place in the top-tier as they have been fighting relegation for most of the year.
However, with two match days left in the season and only two points ahead of the 22nd place CA Colon, the club’s future will be heavily dependent on the results of their final two matches.
Independiente are 15th in the Argentine Superliga with 26 points.
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