They let him pass, one, two, three … Until his patience was over. Edwin cardona It’s like that, take it or leave it. The complete combo includes free-kick goals, pipes, hats, chiches. But also certain extra-football attitudes that are not to the liking of the coaching staff, the Soccer Council nor from the leadership of Mouth.
Now, after refusing to play the first leg of the round of 16 of the Cup against Mineiro, the Colombian again had his way. As his teammates prepare for the series with the Brazilians, the midfielder participated in a welcome party in Medellín after his participation in the Copa América. And Russo, Riquelme and company, enraged.
The DT, in fact, expected to have Cardona in Saturday’s training in Ezeiza, hours after the duel between Colombia and Peru for third place in the Copa América. However, the former Tijuana preferred to spend the weekend in Medellín and join a few days later. Boca even made a private flight available to him to join the work in Ezeiza without breaking the health bubble, but Cardona chose to travel to his country and even knowing that he should do a mandatory quarantine of one week.
In the videos that went viral this Sunday, Cardona is seen surrounded by friends and family, at a party with several people, at times with a glass of drink in hand. Sing along with the artist Nelson Velasquez, an eminence of the vallenato of his country, who in his social networks spoke of a private “event” for the 10th.
Cardona, along with singer Nelson Velásquez in Colombia.
Cardona did not publish photos or videos of the party, but Velásquez did, so the images did not take long to be replicated on the networks. There, Boca fans punished Cardona harshly for his lack of commitment to the club. “Thanks for exposing Cardona, now that Riquelme cuts him off”wrote one user. “How good Cardona, he doesn’t want to play against Mineiro and he goes partying. Stay in Colombia, boss “, another hit him. And a third wondered: “Wasn’t it that he wanted to be with his family?”.
“Edwin had permission is on vacation, and in his right to go to a party. He had a complex year: Covid, isolation, bubbles … Although the message is not the best, is right. He has permission from the club and he will arrive on Monday, ”explained Lucas Jaramillo, Cardona’s representative, at TyC Sports.
In Boca, to all this, they no longer know what else to do with Edwin. They fulfilled his wish to return to the club, they invested money in him, they let him play the Copa América despite the fact that Colombia had called him out of the term and now, when they needed him most, they feel like edwin turned his back on them. He refused to return directly to Argentina to train with the squad and had no qualms about filming himself in the middle of a party in which, incidentally, no type of sanitary protocol was followed.
This behavior could condition Edwin’s future at the club. And not just thinking about the option Boca has to buy its pass in December. Last night, the Football Council headed by Riquelme analyzed applying a sanction to the Colombian and some even raised the possibility of terminating his contract and sending him back to Mexico.
Cardona, of course, has every right to have fun in his spare time. The issue, in this case, is the context, the moment, the proximity to one of the most important matches for Boca in the year. Miguel no longer counts it neither for the going nor for the return with Mineiro, since the Colombian would just complete his seventh day of quarantine 24 hours before the rematch in Brazil, with the squad already installed in Belo Horizonte. That, as long as he shows up to train this Monday. Whatever, Edwin will have to explain.