MILAN - Ivan Ramiro Cordoba explained to inter.it his decision not to play for the Colombian national team as long as Jorge Luis Pinto is coach.
The defender said: "I want to avoid any misunderstanding or controversy. I will talk about it for the last time to avoid exploitation. After the Copa America I told Pinto of my decision. Along with other team-mates I had noticed too much distrust from the coaching staff.
"Pinto still called me up for the games against Brazil and Bolivia, and I telephoned him to say that my position hadn't changed and asked for the call-up to be revoked, and it was."
Cordoba added: "Further to some incorrect reporting in Colombia I wrote a letter to the federation, who already knew everything, and a press release to explain more clearly to the fans and confirm my love for Colombia and my national team, who I hope can always get important results.
"I'll say it again: Pinto has known about the true and only reason for my decision since the Copa America - too much distrust of players who have always given their all for Colombia."