Dejan Lovren banned by UEFA after social media rant

Dejan Lovren banned by UEFA after social media rant

The defender will miss Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan

Dejan Lovren has been suspended by UEFA following comments he made about Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos in November.

Speaking after Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win over Spain, Lovren posted a video on his Instagram story, bragging about elbowing Ramos during the match.

The Liverpool centre-back also went on to make insulting comments about the Spanish team, telling reporters directly after the match that they were ‘bad losers’.

UEFA said that Lovren had breached disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.

As punishment, they have suspended the 29-year-old from Croatia’s next competitive match – a Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Azerbaijan in March.

World Cup finalists Croatia ended up finishing bottom of their Nations League group, despite the narrow win over Spain in November.

Zlatko Dalić’s men lost their final clash against England 2-1 and were subsequently relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.

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