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Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has reacted angrily after Peru defender Carlos Zambrano only returned from international duty on Saturday morning, hours before playing 90 minutes of Bundesliga football.
The 23-year-old Zambrano played in Eintracht's goalless draw at home to Nuremberg having only landed at Frankfurt airport on the morning of the match after being heavily delayed in Caracas, Venezuela, on the journey home.
Having played in Peru's 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean on Wednesday, Zambrano, plus national team-mates, Schalke's Jefferson Farfan and Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro, only just arrived in time for kick-off.
After a 10-hour flight, Farfan took a connecting flight to Munich and then a place on Schalke's bench for the 4-0 defeat at Bayern before playing the last 18 minutes.
While Pizarro was left out of Bayern's match squad, Zambrano played the entire match in Frankfurt and Veh was clearly irritated by his player's energy-zapping journey.
"It's absurd. We have to pay the price for these stupid games, which are completely pointless," he said.
"We have to release the players, but there should be a re-think of the match schedule.
"It has happened before and there are some players who don't mind sitting in an airplane for 10 hours," he added with sarcasm.
Zambrano explained that "high-handed treatment" by the authorities at Caracas airport had delayed their return, despite arriving 90 minutes before the flight to Germany was due to depart.
"The military authorities has prevented us from boarding, but I managed to get some sleep on the plane," he said.