Thu, 17 May 2018 - 07:24 GMT
“Regrettably, at the time it was printed, there was the inclusion by mistake of a text that was never part of the course,” AFA head Alejandro Taraborelli said in a statement – Photo illustrated by Egypt Today/Mohamed Zain
CAIRO – 17 May 2018: Head of Argentine’s Football Association (AFA) has apologized in attempt to contain an embarrassing situation after handing out a manual that included advice on “how to seduce Russian women during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The manual, handed out to journalists, players and coaches during a Russian language and culture course that was organized by the association, was entitled “Que Hacer Para Tener Alguna Oportunidad Con Una Chica Rusa (What to do to have a chance with a Russian girl).”
The 8-steps guide included advices like, “Make sure you are clean, smelling good and dressed well,” and some tips like, “Because Russian women are beautiful many men only want to sleep with them … the advice is to treat the woman in front of you as if she is someone of value.”
Some of the course students took pictures of the text and posted them on social networks.
The AFA said Wednesday in a statement that the material was included by mistake by the instructor and that “it does not reflect the values of the federation or its directives.”
“Regrettably, at the time it was printed, there was the inclusion by mistake of a text that was never part of the course,” Alejandro Taraborelli, head of AFA’s education department, added in the statement.
"Having notified the personnel of the department, we proceeded to have it immediately removed. We lament that such a mistake has overshadowed what was important on the date.
"We express our most sincere apologies to those that were affected by the publication which in no way reflects the thinking of the Argentina Football Association, nor of its president Claudio Tapia or any of its executives."
The manual, included by Russian language teacher, Eduardo Pennisi and supposedly approved by the AFA, triggered anger and criticism since it went viral on social media, especially by women rights activists, as it was highly considered “sexist” and disrespectable to women.
Press outlets reported that more than 40,000 Argentines have bought tickets for matches in the tournament that kicks off in Moscow on 14 June.
"We express our most sincere apologies to those who were affected by the publication,” the AFA statement said.