Greek Midfielder Giannis Maniatis Nearly Goes Home over Team-Mate Spat

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 18, 2014

Greece's Giannis Maniatis leaps over a challenge by Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Greece at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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In a near-scandal that had "France 2010" written all over it, Greece midfielder Giannis Maniatis nearly left the Greek squad over a seemingly trivial bust-up with team-mate Giorgos Tzavellas on the training ground. 

According to The GuardianManiatis was unimpressed by the quality of Tzavellas' crosses in an exercise. He confronted Tzavellas and quipped, "What are you on about? This is not Paok." 

In the aftermath of the heated row between the two, Maniatis demanded that coach Fernando Santos take action as a result of it. When Santos refused to do so, Maniatis' anger was re-ignited, and he booked a trip back home before his anger was calmed by team-mates. 

Greece face Japan on Thursday.