Rafael Dudamel resigned as Venezuela coach on Friday, hours after securing a famous 3-1 win over Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano, saying the national side had been 'politicised'.

Dudamel said he had spoken with officials from Venezuela's football federation and "put my role up for review" following a meeting with Antonio Ecarri, nominated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his ambassador to Spain, before the game.

"All this time we are navigating very turbulent waters. Everything has been politicised," Dudamel told reporters at a post-match press conference.

He accused Guaido and Ecarri of politicising the visit. The pair later posted photographs and videos of the meeting on Twitter.

"I am the coach for the whole country. We can express opinions in private, once we're in the 'Vinotinto' colour we are all united," he added.

Dudamel will remain as coach for the national team's next game against Catalonia on Monday.

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