UEFA suspended the defender Dejan Lovren for one match, because of a cruse made by the Croatian the was aimed at Spain’s Sergio Ramos, after a victory of the Croatia National Team over Spain on the Nations League.
The Croatian has been criticizing Sergio Ramos since the final of the last UEFA Champions League, on which the Spanish defender took Mohamed Salah out of the match, when he gave that Judo move and end up hurting the shoulder of the Egyptian, still in the first half. After that, Liverpool had to play without their best players and the match changed completely. The final result we all know, Karius making terrible choices and Real Madrid getting another trophy.
After Croatia’s victory by 3-2 over Spain in November 2018, Lovren posted on his Instagram a photo in which he and Sergio Ramos were fighting for the ball and, of course, the Croatian won, and he also posted a video on the same social network cursing the Spaniard (not very intelligent).
As a result, UEFA chose to suspend him from the match between Croatia and Azerbaijan on the 21st of March, valid for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Lovren will also be out of the Liverpool squad on Saturday, against Brighton and Hove Albion for the 2nd round of Premier League, but this time due to a thigh muscle injury that he suffered during the FA Cup duel against Wolverhampton (in which Liverpool lost).
The players are people and they have all the right to get mad at each other and have fights, but Lovren was not very smart posting things on Instagram and showing everybody. So UEFA did the right thing. But we already know that if Liverpool and Real Madrid face each other again this year (or Croatia and Spain) there is going to be one more ingredient to make things more interesting.