Kalinic refuses World Cup medal

by | Jul 20, 2018 20:20

Milan striker Nikola Kalinic has refused to accept his World Cup runners-up medal after being dropped by Croatia. “I didn’t play…”

Tuttomercatoweb cites reports in the Croatian Press, which claim that despite Kalinic being granted a medal by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), he nonetheless turned it away.

“Thanks for the medal, but I didn’t play in Russia,” he told Sportske Novosti.

Milan striker Nikola Kalinic has refused to accept his World Cup runners-up medal after being dropped by Croatia. “I didn’t play…”

Tuttomercatoweb cites reports in the Croatian Press, which claim that despite Kalinic being granted a medal by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), he nonetheless turned it away.

“Thanks for the medal, but I didn’t play in Russia,” he told Sportske Novosti.

The 30-year-old was sent home by Coach Zlatko Dalic for refusing to come on as a substitute during the Vatreni’s World Cup opener against Nigeria.

However, it is not clear whether his was an act of protest against Dalic or a show of respect to his international teammates, given he did not make any appearances in Russia.

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