A Greek soccer player booked a flight home because his teammates couldn’t pass him the ball.


Greek midfielder Giannis Maniatis was apparently so angry at his teammates that he booked an airline ticket home to Athens before the team’s match against Japan.

According to The Guardian, Maniatis was so infuriated by the quality of crosses delivered by his teammate Giorgos Tzavellas in training that he confronted him. This then turned into what was described as a “heated exchange.” The players had to be separated.

Back at the team hotel, Maniatis’s other teammates were able to talk him down and the whole squad got on a flight to Natal for Thursday’s match. No word on whether or not Maniatis and Tzavellas sat next to each other on the trip.


AEK Athens look to be on the brink of relegation for the first time in the club’s history. Ewald Lienen was fired after a poor run of results on April 9th and AEK hired ex-Sheffield United duo Traianos Dellas as head coach, with Vassilis Borbokis in a supporting role. Their first match in charge came against Panthrakikos. After 87 minutes, Panthrakikos took the lead on an AEK own goal, and AEK supporters flooded the pitch and chased the players from both teams down the tunnel. After a 90 minute delay, the officials announced the game had been postponed!

Formed in 1924, AEK could still survive relegation, but it looks likely they will be deducted points and ultimately drop down into the second-tier of Greek football.