Croatia wash hands of unruly Pranjic

12 August 2011 12:30

Croatian midfielder Danijel Pranjic has been dropped from Croatia's national team over his behaviour towards coaches, the Croatian daily Vecernji List reported Friday.

"After the (friendly match against Ireland) Pranjic expressed his unhappiness about his status in the team in an indecent manner," Croatia coach Slaven Bilic told the paper.

"This is not a suspension but a definitive decision," he added.

"We won't be counting on him in the future. We've thanked him for his services over the past five years and wish him all the best for the rest of his career."

Pranjic, who plays for German side Bayern Munich, had refused to shake hands with the Croatian team's coaches after the 0-0 match in Dublin Wednesday.

Pranjic, 29, played 39 matches for the Croatian national team.

After six of their qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships Croatia (13 points) sit second in Group F one point behind Greece.

Source: AFP