Adem Ljajic’s infamous season has taken another twist after the Fiorentina man was sent home from the Serbia squad for not singing the national anthem.
The youngster, who was involved in a touchline confrontation with Delio Rossi in Tuscany earlier this month, was punished for his silence before the friendly with Spain.
“Ljajic has been sent home from the team's European tour and the decision is based on Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic's rule-book stipulating a code of conduct which Ljajic has breached,” the Serbian Football Federation stated.
“Ljajic has told Mihajlovic he refused to sing the national anthem out of personal beliefs and that there would be no change in his position regarding the matter.
“The player will only be allowed to return to the national team if he changes his attitude and officially notifies Mihajlovic that he has done so.”
The Coach, who was also the youngster’s former tactician in Florence, has implemented his own code of ethics following his recent appointment as national boss.
Serbia lost 2-0 to Spain on Saturday. They play France on Thursday and then Sweden on June 5 as part of their preparations for World Cup 2014 qualifying.
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