Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper and Argentina international Willy Caballero has revealed that his family received threats after his blunder contributed to Argentina’s 3 nil loss to Croatia in their second group stage encounter.
Caballero broke his silence after his mistake in the 53rd minute gifted Ante Rebic the golden chance to smack one into the net for Croatia’s first of three goals on the night.
Tthe 36-year-old goalie started Argentina’s 1 all draw against Iceland in their world cup opener but was benched when Argentina beat Nigeria 2:1 to seal qualification into the round of 16 and book a mouth-watering clash against France.
“I’m calmer now… following the positive result and the qualification (for the last 16). What happened to me has now become an anecdote,” Caballero posted on Instagram:
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“A misfortune, a mistake, an error, however one wants to call it. There are a lot of things that I accept because it was a football mistake. But I received a lot of disrespect, bad wishes and threats for me and my family. These ugly attitudes did not help me.”
Meanwhile, although Caballero was a victim of social media backlash after the game, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted that it was no right to blame the goalkeeper and that he accepted full responsibility for the defeat.
Caballero showed appreciation to those who supported him after the howler: “What I hold on to is that a lot of people supported me, accompanied me and suffered with me. I thank those who have been there, the close ones and the not so close, those that had the guts to write to me and all the others that supported me one way or another.
“Once again I accept my mistake but I never had the desire for my family to have to go through such unpleasant days. I wear the Argentina jersey with all the values I learned from my home and growing through football.”