Hernan Dario ‘Bolillo’ Gomez has today announced his resignation from the role of Colombian national team coach in the fallout of his assault of a women outside a Bogota bar on Saturday.
Gomez, whom eye witnesses identified as having struck the unnamed women two to four times following a disagreement at the ‘El Bembe’ bar, had formally apologised for his actions on Monday, but was forced to tender his resignation following growing pressure from women’s rights groups, high ranking politicians and national team sponsors.
Bavaria, one of the national team’s main sponsors, were particularly scathing in their condemnation of Gomez. “Of course a sponsor like Bavaria doesn’t want ‘Bolillo’ as coach of the national team,” Fernando Jaramillo, president of corporate affairs for the company, told El Tiempo. “Not only for what it implies for our reputation but also for what it implies for our country.”
After the official announcement, Gomez posted a message on Twitter indicating that he had tended his resignation due to concerns over the safety of his family.
Football Federation president Luis Bedoya indicated that the national committee will meet within the next ten days to discuss potential successors to the 55-year old.
Gomez’s assistant Leonel Alvarez is considered an early front runner for the role, although he the pair are considered good friends and it is therefore unknown whether he would be comfortable succeeding Gomez in such circumstances. Francisco Maturana, currently overseeing the national team set up, has also been mooted, but seems unlikely to give up his current position for a return to coaching.