Zenit Midfielder Leandro Paredes Was Supporting Boca Juniors At The La Bombonera
He got a lot of stick for doing so but Leandro Paredes made the trip back to Buenos Aires to see the first ever 'SuperClasico' Copa Libertadores final first leg on Sunday.
The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder was dismissed by the referee seven minutes from time in the 1-0 win over Akhmat Grozny last weekend and that meant he was suspended for the 2-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow on Sunday.
A lot of people smelt something very fishy considering he's a former Boca player and had already planned to make the trip.
Aficionados del Zenit, piensan que Leandro Paredes se hizo expulsar intencionalmente, para poder viajar a Argentina y presenciar la Final de la Copa Libertadores Boca vs River ¿Ustedes que piensan? :no_mouth:pic.twitter.com/6nNmmPu9rU- Alan Lara (@alanlarav) November 7, 2018
We support Zenit Saint Petersburg centre-mid Leandro Paredes now. https://t.co/CGCd1EXVb2- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) November 6, 2018
However, Paredes flew out to attend the 2-2 draw at La Bombonera and was spotted enjoying himself in with all the home fans.
The former Roma man had a Boca shirt with Lucas Viatri and the #9 on the back draped across him to show his support.
As expected Zenit & Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes was back at La Bombonera yesterday for the Superclásico. Did I see Viatri on the back of his Boca shirt?pic.twitter.com/dPICA4fcNW- Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) November 12, 2018
A few days back, Paredes himself said there was no truth to talk he deliberately got himself suspended.
"I was going to arrive on Sunday in Argentina, but as we played on Thursday for the Europa League in France, they proposed that I not return to Russia and travel directly from there on Friday," he told Fox Sports Argentina.
"It's all a lie. Nothing happened here. It's something that was invented in Argentina. I didn't earn red card on purpose, I would never do something like that.
"When I heard that this was being talked about, I talked with Zenit sporting director and he told me that they trust me."
Paredes came through the ranks at Boca and went on to make 28 appearances for the club before joining Chievo in 2014.