Croatia’s soccer players got caught with their pants down by the paparazzi and now are refusing to talk to the media at the World Cup.
Good for them.
After they lost their opening match to Brazil, the players went back to their hotel in Praia do Forte to lick their wounds. Some of them decided to relax in the buff in a hot tub.
Apparently two Croatian photographers hid in the bushes and took pictures of the naked players.
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A Croatian tabloid published the mostly uncensored photos online. “Every true fan of the Croatia national team will want them,” the tabloid screeched.
Players Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka were reportedly visible in the photos. The team’s coach, Nico Kovac, unloaded on the media at a press conference.
“How would you feel if someone took naked pictures of you?” an angry Kovac said according to the Guardian. “They are adamant that they won't speak to you lot any more.
“I don't know whether the silence will end tomorrow or last until the end of our World Cup campaign.”
He said he respected his players’ decision to avoid the press. “I also know that you have done a very professional job so far but you blew it with this one. The whole world has seen the photos,” he said.
“It's easy for me to talk but I'm not part of this story ... What can I do? I cannot pull them by the ears and say, 'let's go talk to media'.”
The team next plays Cameroon on Wednesday – suited-up, we presume.