Bosnia coach Safet Susic has axed defender Ervin Zukanovic from his World Cup squad following a dispute between the Gent defender and the national federation, the FSBIH confirmed on Friday.
“Following unfounded accusations by this player and consultations with colleagues and players, the coach Susic has decided to no longer count on Zukanovic at the World Cup in Brazil,” the FSBIH said in a statement.
The Bosnian team left Sarajevo on Tuesday for a training camp in the United States, leaving Zukanovic behind waiting for a US visa which had not been attributed to him before their departure.
“I’m sad and very disappointed. How is such a thing possible?!” Zukanovic told the local press.
“It’s the federation’s fault.”
Susic had told Zukanovic he could join his teammates in Brazil even if his US visa did not arrive in time.
Bosnia open their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Argentina, before taking on Nigeria on June 21 followed by Iran four days later in Group F.
Zukanovic axed from Bosnia"s World Cup squad