UEFA bans Lovren for one game

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Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been handed a one-match international ban following comments he made on social media.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been handed a one-match international ban following comments he made on social media.

The Liverpool centre-back made the comments about opponents Spain in the wake of Croatia’s 3-2 UEFA Nations League victory in Zagreb last November, while he also bragged about elbowing Spanish defender Sergio Ramos.

Lovren’s words were not just reserved for social media as he also told reporters after the match that Spain were ‘rude on the pitch’ and he considered them bad losers.

UEFA has now decided that Lovren breached its disciplinary rules, as it penalises anyone ‘whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct’.

The 29-year-old has, therefore, been hit with a one-game international ban which means he will miss Croatia’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on home soil in March.

Croatia will also face Wales, Slovakia and Hungary during qualifying for next year’s finals.

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