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River had no contact with banned Gallardo, claims Pinola

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 Oct 2018

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Javier Pinola denied River Plate had any communication with banned coach Marcelo Gallardo during their dramatic Copa Libertadores semi-final victory over Gremio.

Gallardo was suspended from the second leg by CONMEBOL for his conduct during the opening encounter in Buenos Aires but was pictured in the stands at Arena do Gremio allegedly using a walkie talkie to converse with assistant Matias Biscay on the touchline.

Footage purportedly showing the head coach leaving the River dressing room after half-time also emerged, which could also lead to a further sanction.

However, Pinola claimed the players had no contact with Gallardo after they came from behind to complete an incredible 2-1 victory and advance to the final on away goals.

“There was not any communication with [Gallardo]. I was focused on the game and I didn’t have any device at hand to get in touch with anybody,” said defender Pinola.

“Maybe he was calling home because he’s got a family and maybe they were happy with the game too.”

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