Canadian coach John Herdman made some provocations against Croatia, his opponent in the second round of the World Cup, this Sunday (27). The controversy was made after the defeat of the Canadians against Belgium in the opening of the World Cup and it has repercussions.
It all started in this game. Herdman said a few words to motivate his players after the defeat against the Belgians, saying: “Let’s f… Croatia”, in reference to the draw between Morocco and Croatia.
This provocation reached the ears of the Croatian coach, Zlatko Dalic, and he replied: “I saw it. Each of us has our own way of communicating. He expressed himself that way, but I don’t look back, and I don’t care. We have to show on the pitch that we are a better team”.
Although he admitted having exaggerated, Herdman was the target of provocations by a Croatian newspaper. On the cover of ’24sata’ newspaper, the Canadian technician appears in a montage, ‘naked’ and with the leaves of the Canadian symbol covering his mouth and genitals. And in the text: ‘You have a mouth, but you have balls?’.
The coach played down what he said and said it was to inspire his team:
– Yes, I did (in an attempt to inspire the team). He was not extremely respectful towards Croatian people and Croatian players. I understand very well where they are on the world stage, but at that time I needed to take my men somewhere else – explained the coach.
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Canada and Croatia will face off later, at 1 p.m. (Brasilia time), this Sunday at Khalifa Stadium. The Canadian team is last in Group F, which has Belgium in the lead, with three. Croatia and Morocco add one point each.
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