Liverpool’s centre back Dejan Lovren has been given a one match ban by UEFA for the comments he made about Sergio Ramos following Croatia’s win over Spain in the Nations League last year. Lovren posted a video on Instagram, in which he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.
He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers. UEFA said Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.
He has been suspended from Croatia’s next UEFA competition match, which is the Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Azerbaijan in March. Despite the win over Spain, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.
Also The former Southamton man will miss Saturday’s game at Brighton but Liverpool have been handed a boost by the return to training of fellow centre-back Joel Matip. Lovren suffered a hamstring injury in the early stages of Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup loss at Wolves on Monday and was replaced after five minutes by Dutch 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever.