Zahovic booted out

Slovenian star Zlatko Zahovic has been sent packing from the World Cup finals after his sensational blow-up with coach Srecko Katanec could not be resolved.

Slovenian star Zlatko Zahovic has been sent packing from the World Cup finals after his sensational blow-up with coach Srecko Katanec could not be resolved.

"I can confirm that Zahovic is being sent home," said Slovenian team spokesman Rok Sinkovc.

"We have no further comment to make at this stage."

There is no love lost between Zahovic and Katanec and the two clashed at Euro 2000, but the latest incident, that occured after last Sunday's loss to Spain, has forced the Slovenian Football Federation to back their coach.

Zahovic was livid after he was substituted during Slovenia's finals debut loss to Spain last Sunday.

He was clearly seen to shake his head in disgust as he trudged off the pitch in Gwangju and then launched a verbal tirade at the coach for his decision.

Following the dramas, Katanec announced that he would resign his post after the tournament.

Slovenian Football Federation president Rudy Zavru did his best to smooth out the fiasco and Zahovic was forced to apologise on Wednesday.

"I am very sorry for the things I said in the dressing room after the game," said Zahovic.

"I am absolutely aware that they were strong words. I apologise to everybody and to the World Cup association and to Katanec."

However his apology fell on deaf ears and team officials confirmed that Zahovic had been expelled from the squad.

In addition to his conflict with Katanec, Zahovic was accused of "acting rudely toward" Zavru, according to the Slovenian Federation's website.

It stated, "Zahovic continued with behaviour which is harmful to the atmosphere of the team.

"The head coach has the full support of the of the FAS delegation, coaching staff and the players, and the decision has been made with an aim of... putting all energy to the following World Cup matches."
Source: Sportal