FIFA WC: Croatia players shun media after nude pics leaked online
Salvador (Brazil): Left embarrassed after their nude pictures were leaked online by paparazzi, Croatia`s footballers at the ongoing FIFA World Cup have refused to talk to the media.
The no-talk move comes after two photographers hid behind bushes near the team hotel to click the pictures of players while they were taking a shower and leaked them online.
"How would you feel if someone took naked pictures of you?. They are adamant that they won`t speak to you lot any more," Croatia coach Nico Kovac told a press conference in Praia do Forte here.
"I don`t know whether the silence will end tomorrow or last until the end of our World Cup campaign," he added.
Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren and former Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka, now with Lokomotiv Moscow, are clearly visible in the photographs.
Kovac added: "I respect my players` opinion and 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.
"It`s easy for me to talk but I`m not part of this story. I respect their opinion. What can I do? I cannot pull them by the ears and say, `let`s go talk to media`."
Croatia, who lost their opening World Cup Group A match 3-1 to hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo, play Cameroon in their second game on Wednesday in the Amazonian city of Manaus.