Kenny slams Aston Villa trio as Edens and Sawiris rage
Christian Purslow was “naive” to let Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez leave Aston Villa to join up with the Argentina national team.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversy over the international break.
Argentina’s World Cup qualifier in Brazil on 6 September was suspended after health officials stormed the pitch to remove England-based players.
This site revealed two days later that Villa co-owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris are “furious” and have probed chief exec Purslow over the ordeal.
They believe more should have been done to stop the pair from heading to Sao Paulo.
Both players will spend 10 days in green-list Croatia and will miss this Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea.
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And Kenny claims that Purslow, Buendia and Martinez should have anticipated the turmoil that unfolded.
“It was a really funny one, this,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Surely they should know the rules before they set off and before the club lets the players go.
“So I find it naive from the club for letting them go and now them having to quarantine for 10 days.
“But it’s naive from the players as well. They should take more responsibility. Whatever punishment comes their way now, they have to accept it.“
Unlike other Premier League clubs, Villa gave their blessing for Buendia and Martinez to join up with the national team.
Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero meanwhile are set to be fined by Tottenham for their involvement with Argentina.