It had been alleged that Rodriguez, Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham and Jefferson Lerma of Bournemouth were involved in an altercation following the World Cup qualifying game, in which goals from Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and his replacement Darwin Nunez settled the match with emphasis.
Rodriguez posted a statement on Twitter denying that such a confrontation took place after a defeat that left Colombia seventh in a World Cup qualifying group from which the top four will automatically advance to Qatar 2022, the fifth place team going to a play-off. .
The statement read: “I would like to inform the public, press and supporters in general that I deny all types of alleged information regarding abusive behavior, attacks, fights and all types of controversies between players and in which I was mentioned the protagonist, after the team’s qualifiers for the World Cup on November 13 and 17, 2020.
“What happened on the pitch and the unfortunate results did not go beyond what the game entails. I have excellent and respectful relations with each of my Colombian teammates in the locker room and in my personal life. .
“It’s a difficult time for us in sport and as players we are the first to recognize our responsibility. As a group, however, we remain strong and our dream of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar remains intact, which is something we will work even harder for.
“Regarding the above, we have to dispel any doubts about the harmony and atmosphere in the locker room, given that although we are emotionally upset, it never turned into a conflict between us. .
“Finally, I ask everyone not to fall into the trap of misinformation regarding these lies. Those responsible for creating these fake stories only want to generate discord and chaos affecting my name, which is why I will take legal action if necessary. ”
Rodriguez returns to his domestic duties with Everton on Sunday when the Toffees move to play Fulham in the lunch kickoff.