What Palacios told Boa Morte at Pirates


Augusto Palacios reveals what he said to ex-Arsenal star Luis Boa Morte on the team bus that led to their failed relationship at Orlando Pirates.

Boa Morte joined Pirates for a short stint in January 2012 before his contract was terminated after only making three appearances.

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Palacios, who was interim head coach at the time, says he never had issues with the former Gunners star except for when he failed to obey the club's rules in camp.

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"It was not really an issue with him. The only issue we had was when we had a meeting with all the players," Palacios tells KickOff.com.

"I told everyone that no one must carry a cellular [cellphone] on the bus when we go to the stadium because we need to focus. Sometimes you might receive no good news on the way to the stadium.

"He reacted and said, 'Where I played in England, there was not this rule.' I told him, 'This is South Africa and not England. You need to respect what we say.'

"This was the only incident we had. He undermined South Africa. Maybe he thought we are a small professional league.

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"I told him, 'You played international football and I also played international football and I respect every country and everyone I have worked with.'

"Everyone including Benni McCarthy followed the rule – a player more international than him and a leader. We never had issues with any player but only him who didn't want to follow the rule.

"What is the reason to carry a cellular in a bus when you go to the stadium? What is the reason? What if your girlfriend or someone calls you for marriage [issues]?"

Former Portugal striker Boa Morte is now retired and served as an assistant coach at Everton last year.

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