When Greece line up to play Croatia in the first-leg of their World Cup 2018 play-off they’ll have one major absentee.
Roma defender Kostas Manolas has been banned for the game, according to Gazzetta.
But Manolas’ suspension isn’t straightforward.
It actually comes off the back of another suspension which saw the 26-year-old miss Greece’s final group game.
Manolas has been banned under a fair play rule. Confused? Allow us to explain.
In Greece’s penultimate group game, against Cyrpus, Manolas picked up a booking that meant he would miss their next match.
That would mean Manolas wouldn’t be able to pick up a booking in Greece’s final game and be suspended for their play-off match, whomever it might be against.
Or so he thought.
FIFA have judged that Manolas ‘intentionally sought a yellow card’ against Cyprus which is a manipulation of disciplinary rules.
He’ll now serve an additional one-match ban, making his actions against Cyprus completely pointless.
Not the smartest of moves.