Halilhodzic omitts Chelsea star from Morocco squad due to unacceptable behavior

Halilhodzic omitts Chelsea star from Morocco squad due to unacceptable behavior

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Hakim Ziyech has come in for a scathing attack from his national boss – with the Chelsea star accused of ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.

The winger has helped the Blues win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup since his £37million arrival last year.

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But Morocco ace Ziyech has now come under fire, with coach Vahid Halilhodzic questioning the 28-year-old’s attitude.

Ziyech has been left out of the Atlas Lions’ squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Sudan on Thursday and Guinea next Monday.

He appeared to mock the decision with a cryptic post on Instagram earlier this week.

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And speaking on Wednesday, Halilhodzic blasted the former Ajax star’s conduct when he reported for his country’s June friendlies against Ghana and Burkina Faso.

The Bosnian fumed: “Ziyech’s behaviour in the last two matches, especially the last one, was not that of a national team player..

“As a leader of the team, he has to be a positive role model.

“He arrived late, and then even refused to work. There was no point in discussing it afterwards – as a coach the answer is right there to see.

“For me the national team comes above everything.Nobody can hold it hostage.

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“For the first time in my career I have seen behaviour that disappoints me.

“A player who refuses to play a game, admittedly a friendly, on the pretext that he is injured.

“The medical staff made several examinations, and said he was fit to play.

“He then refused to warm up in the second-half, because he was disappointed to be a substitute.

“For me that type of behaviour is unacceptable. You can’t cheat with the national team.

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