Carlos Alberto pays the price(UEFA.COM)
National team coach Carlos Alberto Torres has been sacked by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Poland in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 6. 'Emergency meeting' The defeat, during which Brazilian former World Cup winner Carlos Alberto was sent to the stands after venting his anger on Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco, was Azerbaijan's fourth on the trot and left the team bottom of the pool having scored just once in seven matches. The 60-year-old then argued with the fourth official and was eventually ejected from the stadium. Ten-point promise "We had an emergency meeting of our federation officials and they decided to dismiss the coach," an AFFA spokesperson explained. "We felt that Carlos Alberto was simply no longer capable of delivering on his promise of improving the quality of our team. He had promised us that we would have at least ten points at the end of the qualifying campaign. Now we have only two points and it's hard to imagine that we could get near that mark with just three games left." Assistants remain for now Carlos Alberto said: "We have agreed terms with the AFFA regarding my departure, and now I am leaving Azerbaijan." His assistants, Marcello Campello and Elkhan Abdullayev, will remain in place until a new appointment is made. The next qualifier is in Northern Ireland on 3 September.