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UEFA hands Croatia Lovren 1 international match ban over insults

 Croatia's soccer player Dejan Lovren during the training of Croatia team in Zagreb, Croatia, Nov. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/ANTONIO BAT

Croatia's soccer player Dejan Lovren during the training of Croatia team in Zagreb, Croatia, Nov. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/ANTONIO BAT

Madrid, Jan 11 (EFE).- Croatia center back Dejan Lovren has been banned from playing in an international game over comments he made after Croatia's 3-2 UEFA Nations League clash against Spain, UEFA announced on Friday.

Following the Nov. 15 game, played in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, Lovren attacked on social media Spain captain Sergio Ramos, boasting about having elbowed Ramos during the game.

The continental soccer governing body decided to "suspend the Croatian national team player Dejan Lovren for the next (1) UEFA national team competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible," UEFA said on its website.

The UEFA disciplinary committee also imposed a 13,000-euro ($14,990) fine on the Croatian soccer federation after objects were thrown and stairways were blocked during the Nov. 15 match.

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