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.