Latest World Cup updates including a player sent home – June 18th 2018

A quick round-up of some of the latest bits and pieces coming out of the World Cup, as well as some very interesting tidbits concerning president Putin and a player sent home from the tournament!

AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic has reportedly been sent home from Croatia’s World Cup squad after he refused to come on against Nigeria in the 85th minute. Apparently, Kalinic said he had a bad back but that has not gone down well with the coach Zlatko Dalić who has ordered the player to leave. (Soccernet)

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reported to have intervened following problems with match broadcasts. It seems that there were repeated disruptions to live streams in Australia – with Costa Rica v Serbia particularly affected – and Aussie football fans are not happy. This prompted Turnbull to tweet that he had personally called the chief exec of SingTel, who own of the right to broadcast the World Cup in Australia. (FirstPost)

Serbia match winner Aleksandar Kolarov has dedicated his winning goal over Costa Rica to former Tottenham star Goran Bunjevcevic. Bunjevcevic, who is currently the Serbian Football Association’s sporting director, suffered a stroke earlier this year prompting the dedication from Kolarov (Spurs-Web)

President Putin will not be attending Russia’s second World Cup game against Egypt on Tuesday because he will be visiting Belarus. But not to worry, the president will be watching the highlights, according to his spokesman. (FourFourTwo)

Sweden has apologised to South Korea ahead of their World Cup clash today for spying on one of their training sessions. Apparently one of the coaches was watching the session without realising that it was a closed-door event. (Express)

Germany striker Thomas Muller has admitted that they are now under significant pressure following their stunning loss to Mexico yesterday. Germany play Sweden on Sunday in what can only be classed as a must-win game, and it appears that the pressure is now starting to tell. (ESPN)

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