The "vinotinto" federation was writing a letter against the Chilean after a serious insult to Pablo Bonilla. Around 01:00, the leaders were still talking.
By: L. Rivera Talpen and D. Arrieta
After the game in which Venezuela beat Chile 2-1, for the second date of the Sub 20 of South America, the image began to be replicated in all the portals of the continent. The Chilean Diego Diaz insulted Pablo Bonilla saying "starving to death" in the 70th minute of the match after a strong but faithful entry from defender "Vinotinto".
Around 11 pm this Saturday, CDF News received information from the interior of the Venezuelan federation: They were determined to denounce the Chilean. Minutes later, at the hotel where the Caribs are staying, they ratified the idea. "The lawyer and the directors saw the images and they are clear, a writing will be written", they affirmed (here the note).
The news was known around 11.30 pm and the ANFP began the steps to get closer to their Venezuelan colleagues. The idea was to offer an apology for the reprehensible action of Diaz and to avoid a greater situation with the complaint that they had already begun to construct.
Parallel to these calls and negotiations, the Chilean defender took his account at Instagram and wrote a message to acknowledge the insult and apologize to Bonilla and the Venezuelan people. That was almost midnight and minutes later it was the ANFP that officially presented a letter from Diaz himself, clearly a more elaborate document.
Then at dawn CDF News he learned that after the dialogue between the two federations – which happened after 00:00 – Venezuela was willing not to report Diaz. In fact, the president of the ANFP, Sebastián Moreno, did not travel back to Santiago, as he was scheduled to continue resolving the controversy.
Now the Chilean must comply with what appears in the writing that published the agency of Quilín, to apologize personally with its rivals.
Dear Sirs Rafael Dudamel, Pablo Bonilla and members of the delegation of the Venezuelan Sub 20 Team:
Through this letter, I would like to express my sincere apologies for my reprehensible attitude toward Pablo Bonilla and the Venezuelan people during the development of the game between Chile and Venezuela for the U-20 South American.
I am aware of the long history of friendship between Venezuela and Chile. For many years, thousands of Chileans emigrated and were received in a caring and fraternal way. All the references I have to the countrymen who lived there are tremendously positive and tell of a beautiful country, which I have never tried to hurt with my sayings.
I deeply regret my reaction to Pablo Bonilla. In no case, my intention was to denigrate or insult the Venezuelan people. Like millions of Chileans, I was lucky enough to share with people who came from Venezuela to Chile and realized their human quality.
Without a doubt, this sad experience will serve me in my career as an athlete. Football players have a huge public responsibility. There are millions of people who see in this activity the reflection of values as camaraderie, respect and, above all, fair play.
"Things that happen on the court, being on the court" is a saying that is used regularly in this activity, but it does not justify irresponsible attitudes and statements as painful as I did. I am convinced that football is much more than that. My behavior as a professional and public athlete should always be much more than that.
I apologize to Pablo Bonilla, Professor Rafael Dudamel and all his staff, the Venezuelan Football Federation, the Venezuelan people, the entire Venezuelan community that lives in Chile and, of course, anyone I felt offended by my sayings .
The next day, at the El Teniente stadium, I hope to personally deliver my most sincere apologies.
Nicolás Díaz Huincales
Player of the National Team of Chile U20
After Diaz's apology and a long dialogue between ANFP executives and their Venezuelan counterparts, Vinotinto leaders agreed not to file a complaint against the Chilean defender. https://t.co/nEXwnTvHRu
– Football Channel (@CDF_cl) January 20, 2019