Monaco defend Radamel Falcao after claims of collusion
Posted: 22 October 2017 Time: 12:15
Monaco have defended Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after he admitted to discussing the result of their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Peru.
The forward approached Peru during the final minutes of last week’s international to inform them the current scoreline of 1-1 would suit both teams as they look to reach next year’s Russia showpiece.
The match ended as such, with Colombia qualifying for the World Cup while Peru are into the playoffs, although the players involved during the in-game discussion insist no deal was brokered and that they carried on playing for the win until the final whistle.
"I'm very happy that Colombia qualified, that has been his dream," Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco vice-president, told Sky Sports News.
"It was personally difficult to accept he couldn't go to Brazil [in 2014], due to injury. I'm very happy for him, as a player and fantastic person, that he will finally go to a World Cup in my home country."
Asked if he had any doubts about Falcao's integrity, Monaco's chief executive replied: "No, he's very sincere, a fantastic person. I know all the players respect him in the squad."