Valencia end Mario Kempes’ role as club ambassador after criticism


Legendary Argentina and Valencia striker Mario Kempes has been dismissed from his role as club ambassador after criticising Los Che in the aftermath of their 4-0 defeat to Eibar on Saturday.

Best known for his World Cup winning strike for Argentina in 1978, Kempes was named as a ambassador for Valencia in 2013 in recognition of his role in the club winning the 1979 Copa del Rey, the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup and being the third highest scorer in their history.

However, following the embarrassing home defeat to Eibar, Kempes tweeted, “Lamentably this is a team that is utterly lost. There’s no style of play, no leadership and very little enthusiasm.”

With the club in disarray already on their third manager of the season, Valencia are hovering not far above the drop zone in La Liga and it isn’t the first time that Kempes has been critical of the club under the ownership of Peter Lim.

This proved to be the final straw for Valencia and within hours, Kempes confirmed that his link to the club was severed.

“Today I have officially been informed I am no longer the ambassador of Valencia,” El Matador confirmed.

“But my sentiments for the club will not change, and I’ll keep giving my opinions when I think things are not right.”

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