The fallout from Serbia’s match on Friday continues, with reports of a Serbian FA investigation into the behaviour of Aleksandar Mitrovic and his international teammates.
After losing 4-1 to what is being called a ‘Czech reserve team’ by the Serbian media, it emerged that there had been friction inside the squad.
It was claimed Mitrovic and one of his teammates had to be separated by the manager Radovan Curcic at half-time, the pair said to be arguing over the blame for the first goal.
Whilst after the match Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic stuck up for Aleksandar Mitrovic and said he just needed a goal and time to develop, though at the same time said that the Newcastle striker was sluggish and looked overweight.
However, the main reason the Serbian FA has launched their investigation is due to what happened after the game.
Vice-Chairman and former Aston Villa striker, Savo Milosevic, is heading the investigation and it centres on the players heading home early after the match.
It turned out that 15 of the 22 players didn’t wait for the team plane the next day and made their own way home on various other flights.
However, that is seen as simply disrespectful by the Serbian media and public, rather than having broken any rules.
Novosti though, report that the main target of the public’s ire and also Savo Milosevic’s investigation, is one of four players who hired a private plane.
The four on the plane were Vladimir Stojkovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Luka Milivojevic & Peter Škuletić and it is alleged that at least one of the four went out on the town when the plane landed in Belgrade.
Mitrovic’s father was quick to say that his son had left the Czech Republic early just so that he could see family before heading back to Newcastle on Sunday.
However, if Savo Milosevic discovers the identity of one or more of the four did go out ‘celebrating’, as the Serbian press are describing it, then it looks clear that they will be made a very public example of.
Especially in light of the disastrous Euros qualifying campaign which left Serbia with only four points and the whole international set-up called into question.