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Tevez hits out at AFA

Argentina striker critical of Maradona handling

Last Updated: 11/08/10 8:30am

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Tevez: Critical of Grondona

Tevez: Critical of Grondona

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Carlos Tevez has accused the president of the Argentine Football Association of breaking his word by sacking Diego Maradona.

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Maradona left his role as manager of the national team in late July, following weeks of speculation about his future after the World Cup.

Argentina had impressed in the early stages of the tournament in South Africa before being thrashed 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals.

They are now preparing for life without Maradona, starting with a friendly against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday when Sergio Batista will be in temporary charge.

But Tevez has criticised AFA president Julio Grondona, saying Maradona had been told his job was safe after the defeat to Germany.

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"Mr Grondona said Maradona could do what he liked (after the World Cup)," Tevez told TyC Sports as he joined the squad in Dublin.

"In the changing room (after Argentina's elimination) Don Julio told Diego he would continue (as coach).

"If (Grondona) holds a meeting and I can say it to him face to face, I'll do it.

"There's a lot lacking in the AFA's word ... I say what I think and feel, I don't care if for the next match I'm in the national team or not."

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