Croatian defender Lovren suspended after criticism via social media

The European Football Association UEFA suspended Dejan Lovren on Friday for one international match. The Croatian defender ridiculed Spain on social media after the 3-2 victory of the Croats in November in the Nations League.


The European Football Association UEFA suspended Dejan Lovren on Friday for one international match. The Croatian defender ridiculed Spain on social media after the 3-2 victory of the Croats in November in the Nations League.

Lovren boasted in a video on Instagram that he had handed out an elbow performance to fellow defender Sergio Ramos and he also made offensive remarks about the Spanish national football team.

The player from Liverpool left the Croatian capital Zagreb immediately after the match on 15 November already verbally expressing regret over Spain by stating that the Spaniards are bad losers.

Lovren was not unconcerned during the match, but according to him his hard play was a reaction to the "unfairly rough performance" of the opponent.

Lovren misses European Championship qualifying match against Azerbaijan

UEFA says Friday that Lovren's behavior violates the standards and values ​​of football and that it has taken an appropriate measure with the match suspension.

Lovren misses the European Championship qualifier of the vice-world champion against Azerbaijan in March in Zagreb as well.

In addition to Azerbaijan, Croatia is divided into a group with Wales, Slovakia and Hungary. The number one and two of the group qualify for the European Championship of 2020, which is held in twelve different countries.

Lovren forms a central defense duo with Liverpool this season with Virgil van Dijk. The 'Reds' take the lead in the Premier League after 21 rounds of play and thus have plenty of chance for the first league title since 1990.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/voetbal/5677937/kroatische-verdediger-lovren-geschorst-kritiek-via-sociale-media.html