Colombia: Football Federation Rejects ‘Bolillo’ Gómez's Resignation as Head Coach

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Álvaro González, Vice President of the Colombian Football Federation, said the Federation has not accepted the resignation of Hernán Darío Gómez [Eng] (‘Bolillo’) as head coach of the national football team which ‘Bolillo’ presented after hitting a woman outside a bar (‘El Bembé’) in Bogotá. Furthermore, according to press reports, the Federation plan to confirm him as the head coach once the U-20 FIFA World Cup, which is being held in Colombia, is over.

On Twitter there's been all kinds of comments under the hasthags #Bavaria, DT de Colombia, #Bolillo, #Leonel, among others. Radical positions, messages of support and various jokes have been published. Colombian netizens not only speak of the incident, respect for women or the lack of action by football directors like Luis Bedoya, but also of the future head coach, citing Juan Carlos Osorio or Leonel Álvarez as possibilities.

Media, blogs, and websites are still discussing the matter to exert pressure on the Federation and the sponsors. But there is also another sector of the country that supports the permanence of “Bolillo, arguing that his actions were not work related.

Gloria Gómez in the coment in  a post on equinoXio says that she supports ‘Bolillo':

Todos nos podemos equivocar, reconocer y mejorar para que no afecte su vida Ni a la selección.

We all make mistakes, acknowledge them and improve so that it does not affect his life or our football team.

Journalist Gloria Ortega Gómez (@Bunkerglo) shows her disagreement with the violation of the FIFA [Eng] code of ethics:

Estoy mamada que la sociedad civil no tengamos arte ni parte. El Sr. Hernán D. Gómez #Bolillo VIOLÓ Código de ética FIFA

I am tired that civil societies has no say. Mr. Hernán D. Gomez #Bolillo violated the FIFA code of ethics

While Alejandra Vargas (@AlejaVargasC) expresses her support enthusiastically:

Que viva el bolillo!!!!

Long live bolillo!!!!

Mónica Eché (@La eche) invites her followers to visit a website and vote against ‘Bolillo’ staying as head coach:

Sí soy monotemática: Apoye la causa NO al #Bolillo: firme y difunda por favor.

Yes I'm talking about one issue: Support the cause of NO for #Bolillo: sign and share please.

Maritza Sánchez(@ColoresMari), quotes Senator Liliana Rendón to criticize her for supporting ‘Bolillo':

[Las declaraciones de la senadora Liliana Rendón no pudieron ser más estúpidas: “Si mi marido me casca, yo me la gané”]

[The statements by Senator Liliana Rendón could not be more stupid: “if my husband abuses me it's because I've asked for it”]

Finally, YouTube accounts have several videos about ‘Bolillo’ and his relationship with women. The following video starts with the phrase “Now we understand this commercial” and ends with the words “Good luck Bolillo! The last expected disappointment, hitting a woman”.


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