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Greece players ask for their World Cup bonuses to be put towards training complex

Admirable gesture from the players who are preparing for a round of 16 tie against Costa Rica.

Image: Natacha Pisarenko/AP/Press Association Images

THERE HAVE BEEN plenty of money troubles at this year’s World Cup. The Ghana camp came apart at the seams because of rows over their bonuses while the Cameroon squad was embroiled in a stand-off before boarding a plane to Brazil because of a similar issue. Meanwhile, the Nigerian team has demanded that they receive the money that was promised to them by their football federation.

But some teams do things differently. Like the Greeks.

After reaching the knock-out stage, the squad was promised a bonus by the country’s president Antonis Samaras. But, the players have politely turned it down and asked for the money to go instead towards a new training centre that could lead to a successful future for the national team.

According to reports, an official letter, signed by all 23 Greek  players, was sent to Samaras and outlined the following:

We do not want extra bonus, or money. We only play for Greece and its people. All we want is for you to support our effort to find a land and create a sports centre that will house our National team “.

Greece take on Costa Rica in their round of 16 clash in Recife later on tonight.

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