Sport: poisoning scandal at the Handball World Cup? Slovenia sues

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Slovenia fails prematurely at the Handball World Cup after a draw with Egypt. After that, the host is accused of poisoning some players.

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Last Sunday the Slovenian national handball team had to say goodbye early at the World Cup in Egypt. ( Handball World Cup 2021 from January 13th to 31st in LIVETICKER )

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AD The Slovenians announced in a press release that they accused the host country of "poisoning" some of their players. On the night before the game, several professionals had apparently suffered food poisoning, much to the displeasure of the European country's handball association.

"We are dissatisfied with the unfair organization of the tournament. Around twelve players from our team were poisoned before the Egypt game, while the Egyptian organizers did not take care of the incident," the Slovenian association said in a statement.

An accusation that infuriates the President of the World Cup Organizing Committee.

No other team had complained

"The statements made by the Slovenian side are completely wrong and it is embarrassing to repeat these words, I was hoping they would thank them for the good organization and hospitality instead of making excuses for their defeat invent ", explained Hisham Nasr in an interview with the Spanish newspaper As . ( Handball World Cup 2021: mode, schedule & all information )

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"I'm not sure why we are talking about this topic and ignoring the success of the organization of the tournament. The other teams are happy in Egypt and everything is going well. Egypt is one of the countries in the world that houses handball teams in the highest quality five-star hotels when it organizes tournaments and I think these hotels are very careful about their international reputation, "he added.

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Accordingly, the Slovenian players were accommodated in the same hotel as eleven other teams - none of whom had complained about the food. ( Handball World Championship 2021: Tables )

Pizza instead of hotel food

"We did not receive an official letter from the Slovenian team regarding this complaint before the game. Why did the complaint only arise after the lost game? If the Slovenian players received a Had they suffered food poisoning then how could they have been so strong in the game? We have all seen them tear up the shirts of the Egyptian players and if the Slovenian players who played were not poisoned then how were they saved, though the whole team ate the same meal at the same time? ”the President of the Organizing Committee continued to protest.

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The assertion of the Slovenian association seems strange, especially with regard to a statement by Morten Henrikson. ( The most important handball rules for the 2021 World Cup )

"We have evidence that the Slovenian players did not take care of themselves during the tournament, we have photos that prove that they made pizza outside the hotel where they ", said the sporting director of the Danish handball federation the television channel TV2.

Slovenia face sanctions

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Hisham Nasr has a clear answer ready: "We did not see that the Slovenian players ate pizza from outside the hotel, but if this is confirmed, they will be charged with violating the Rules of the International Handball Federation sanctioned. "

After the premature end of the World Cup, the semi-finalist of the EM 2020 is already facing the next low blow.

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