Argentina offer Getafe friendly as compensation

September 10, 2008

Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona has apologised to Getafe for the injuries to goalkeepers Oscar Ustari and Roberto Abbondanzieri and has agreed to a friendly against the Primera Liga team by way of recompense.

On Monday, Getafe president Angel Torres hit out at the AFA after Ustari tore cruciate ligaments in his left knee during the Olympics and Abbondanzieri also suffered a knee injury on in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

Ustari will be out for at least eight months, though Abbondanzieri suffered no ligament damage and is expected to return soon.

"I truly apologise," Grondona told Radio Marca. "I have been putting together a report about what had happened and I personally apologise.

"I was not part of the discussions about Abbondanzieri, but when Ustari got injured I talked to the manager as we were unable to explain how he picked up that injury.

"(Ustari) was admitted to one of the most prestigious hospitals, then he was discharged and was at (Getafe's) disposal."

Torres claimed Argentina coach Alfio Basile had agreed to call up just one of Abbondanzieri and Ustari.

He said: "It's not logical to call two goalkeepers from the same club as the second keeper will fly thousands of kilometres to be a reserve. Basile had promised to name just one of them."

Torres accepted Grondona's apology, with both parties seemingly in agreement over a friendly between the two sides at Getafe's Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

"I would like the national team to commit to play Getafe at the Coliseum for free," Torres commented.

"We promise we'll play. We'll search for the best way to say thank you and solve the problems we've brought," Grondona said.