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Esteghlal club knew about my travel to Italy: Stramaccioni

Stramaccioni Airport

PLDC – Esteghlal Coach Andrea Stramaccioni says the Iranian club was well informed about his travel to Italy.

Stramaccioni was going to fly back home during the Persian Gulf Pro League break for international duty but Iranian police held him and his three Italian staff members at the airport, claiming their three-month tourist visas had expired.

This was a surprise to Stramaccioni and his men, who have been working for Esteghlal since mid-June.

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Esteghlal club announced that its Italian coach didn’t want to leave Iran but Stramaccioni denied the club’s claim.

“After Foolad match, I went to the airport with my assistants to spend a couple of days in Italy with our families after about two months of intense work. The club was perfectly informed of this, having also organized the transfer to the airport. Unfortunately, for bureaucratic and administrative reasons it was not possible to leave the country,” the Italian coach said in an interview with ANSA.

Stramaccioni’s job has been considered at risk after just one point from the opening two games.

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