Colombian star James Rodriguez has denied reports of a physical fight in the Colombian national team dressing room following a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay.
Everton's Colombian national team star Jaime Rodriguez has denied rumors of a brawl in Colombia's dressing room following last week's defeat to Uruguay. According to the rumors, James had a physical altercation with several of his teammates after the 3-0 loss against Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier. A rumor that was strongly denied by him.
Last Friday, Colombia lost 3-0 at home to Roberto Melendez at the Metropolitano Stadium. It was a blow to Carlos Queiroz's side and their bid to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Some rumors suggest that a physical altercation took place in Colombia's dressing room at the end of the game, with James at the center of the conflict.
"To the public opinion, the media and fans in general that I DISMISS all kinds of supposed information alluding to mistreatment, aggression, disputes or all kinds of controversy raised between players and in which I am mentioned as the protagonist, After the World Cup qualifying commitments that took place on November 13 and 17, 2020," James said in an official statement on Thursday.
"What happened on the court and the unfortunate results have not prospered beyond what the game represents. Both in the dressing room and in my personal life, I maintain excellent and respectful relationships with each of my teammates from the Colombian National Team.
"The moment is complex from the sporting point of view, we players are the first to recognise our responsibility. However, as a group we remain united and with the intact dream of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, something for which we will work even harder.
"For the above, we need to clear all kinds of doubts about what harmony and the environment in the dressing room represent, which although it is affected from the soul has never passed into conflict between us its members.
"Finally, I ask everyone not to fall further into the misinformation of these slanders. Those responsible and creators of these false stories only intend to foment discord and chaos by affecting my name, so I will proceed in law where necessary."