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“Absolutely disgraceful” Graham Roberts hits out at controversy involving Spurs


Spurs icon Graham Roberts has hit out at the controversy involving two Tottenham players on international duty.

Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are currently playing for Argentina in their latest World Cup qualifiers.

Football.london wrote that Spurs had reportedly reached an agreement with the Argentinian FA to allow their players to leave after their second qualifier.

This would mean they’d only miss one Premier League match for Spurs once they had completed their 10-day period of isolation on return from a UK government red-list country.

Lo Celso and Romero would therefore be back for the Europa Conference League meeting with Rennes in this case.

However, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni appeared unaware of any such agreement and expected his players to feature against Bolivia on Thursday night.

Lo Celso and Romero would miss up to four matches in this case, including the game against Chelsea on Sunday 19 September before the League Cup tie at Wolves.

“We gave the list for the three games and there are no doubts about that,” Scaloni said following Argentina’s 3-1 win over Venezuela on Thursday night.

“The players are here to play all three games. We never had a refusal from the clubs. We spoke and reached a conclusion that they had to come.”

And Roberts isn’t happy about this situation, which could seriously impact on Spurs as well as Aston Villa, who also have two players in the Argentina camp:

Villa duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia are in the Argentina squad alongside Romero and Lo Celso.

The Albiceleste face Brazil on Sunday and then host Bolivia on Thursday.