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Greece’s best player suspended for crucial World Cup play-off due to bizarre reason

Roma defender Kostas Minolas has reportedly been retrospectively suspended from Greece's World Cup play-off game against Croatia after picking up an intentional yellow against Cyprus

Karma.

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.

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Get your Swede on it

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Get your Swede on it

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.

Chin up, Kostas

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Chin up, Kostas

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.

Say cheese

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Say cheese

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.