Julio Cesar Baldivieso, the father of South America’s youngest ever first division player, has resigned as team coach after the management of the club told him to leave the boy out of the squad.
Former Bolivia midfielder Baldivieso also withdrew his son Mauricio, who made his debut on Sunday as a 12-year-old, from the club.
Baldivieso’s decision to send Mauricio on as a substitute for the last nine minutes of the 1-0 defeat at La Paz has caused a furore in Bolivia with many claiming there should be a minimum age limit in professional football.
“Sadly, a lot of people didn’t like my son’s debut. I’m not going to be told whether I play someone from my family or not,” Baldivieso was quoted as saying.
“The country and the world need to know that in Bolivia talented youngsters get their legs cut off, to make room for foreign players, no doubt, or because of personal grudges,” he added.
The daily La Razon said: “Baldivieso was told to choose between his son and the Aurra coaching job—he opted to be a father”.