Croatia allow players to decide if Nikola Kalinic will get a World Cup medal

first_img Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic gave Kalinic his marching orders days after the Nigeria win Croatia have yet to decide whether Nikola Kalinic will receive a medal for his participation at the World Cup.Kalinic was dismissed from the squad after refusing to come on as a substitute during Croatia’s tournament opener – a 2-0 victory over Nigeria. 1center_img With Croatia making it through to the final against France on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT at 4pm – the players will receive either a gold or silver medal.On whether the AC Milan forward will receive a medal, Croatia’s director of communications told ESPN Brasil: “Let’s see. The players will decide.”FIFA’s 2018 World Cup regulations do not specify who should receive a medal.Article 52.8 states: “Fifty medals will be presented to each of the top three teams in the final competition, i.e. gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze medals to the team ranked third.”Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic said in a statement that Kalinic was asked to enter the game in the 85th minute of the Nigeria game.However, Kalinic cited a back injury as the reason why he did not want to play but Dalic suggested the injury was used as an excuse to hide his frustration at being left out of the starting XI.The team have won three knockout round games that have lasted 120 minutes but they have played the lion’s share of the tournament with 22 players instead of 23.last_img read more