Ivory Coast midfielder YaYa Touré has threatened to pull out of their World Cup opener against Japan after team officials failed to put a chocolate on the pillow in his hotel room.
The Ivorian Football Federation insisted the turn-down service offered by the hotel did not include pillow chocolates and that it was the same for all the players, but agent Dmitry Seluk said the omission showed a complete lack of respect for his client who was now considering his options. ‘The snub has hurt YaYa, it shows the Ivorian officials don’t care about him,’ he warned. ‘The lack of individually wrapped confectionery on his feather-filled head support has thrown his World Cup into turmoil. He hasn’t ruled out moving on and playing for another country.’
Despite another recent spat where Touré felt the Ivorian FF did not respect his ability as a footballer ‘because he was African’ having only just been resolved, tensions between the parties remains high.
The Russian-born agent insisted the player’s issues were not about securing an increase in World Cup match fees. ‘It’s not about the money…it’s about the chocolate. Do you people never learn? OK, forget about the chocolate but let’s get one thing clear, there will be someone to tuck him in at night….right?’