There have been some crazy incidents at the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals, and one of them happened on Wednesday.
Alex Song had no reason whatsoever to lash out at Mario Mandzukic during Cameroon’s clash against Croatia in the 40th minute. But he did and was duly sent off.
The African giants were 1-0 down against their European rivals in their World Cup Group A game at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus and were still in the contest.
Song, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, has since apologised, but Mandzukic is having none of it.
In fact, the 28-year-old has claimed that the Cameroon international hit him on purpose.
‘The action was strange’, he told German TV station ZDF. ‘Both of us were running and suddenly I felt a blow. I think that it was clearly on purpose’.
It did not affect Mandzukic, though, as he went on to score twice in the second half to guide Croatia to a 4-0 victory and keep alive their hopes of progressing to the last 16 of the World Cup.
Mandzukic has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. The former Wolfsburg striker has made it clear that he will leave Bayern after just two seasons at the Allianz Arena, and both the Gunners and Chelsea are reported to be interested in his services.
Interestingly, Song has also been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United said to be interested in him.
If indeed both players feature in the English top flight next season, then it will be intriguing to see how they fare when they face each other.