Fly-half Finn Russell won’t be involved in Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Ireland next weekend after he failed to show up for training after a late-night drinking session. Russell broke “a breach of team protocol”, and it is unclear as to whether or not the 27-year-old will play any part in the campaign. So, following Russell’s exclusion from the squad, we’ve decided to look at other players who have been axed from team camps in the past.
Back in 2017, Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi was sent home from an England training camp due to “team culture issues”. Tuilagi was reportedly disciplined for drinking alcohol during the camp.
Denny Solomona was also sent home alongside Tuilagi. His international career started well with a winning try against Argentina, but just two months on was axed from the training camp.
Nikola Kalinic was sent home from the 2018 World Cup by Croatia after he refused to come on as a second-half substitute against Nigeria. He also refused a World Cup silver medal!
Roy Keane is loved by many for making his feelings known, but in 2002, voicing his opinions got him in serious trouble. The former Manchester United midfielder publically shared his frustrations at Ireland’s 2002 World Cup preparations and was sent home from the camp in the island of Saipan. Keane then missed the tournament months later.
Controversial German Stefan Effenberg was sent home from the 1994 World Cup by coach Berti Vogts. The midfielder made an obscene gesture towards the German fans following the 3-2 win over South Korea, and Vogts was having none of it!
Another high-profile World Cup axing came in 2010. This time, it was France forward Nicolas Anelka who had to pack his bags after insulting coach Raymond Domenech during the defeat to Mexico.
Danny Brough was one of three Scotland Rugby League stars sent home from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Captain at the time, Brough was disciplined after being too drunk to board a flight.
Alongside Brough to be sent home was Featherstone’s Sam Brooks. The 26-year-old now plies his trade with Leigh Centurions.
The final member of the drunken trio was Johnny Walker. The former Super League forward was Scotland’s star man heading into the tournament.
Jurgen Klopp sent home Mamadou Sakho from a pre-season tour of the USA back in 2016 for three cases of indiscipline. Sakho went on to leave Anfield permanently a year later, joining Crystal Palace.
Another player to be sent home during a pre-season tour was Chelsea’s Kenedy. The Brazilian was axed from the Blues squad following offensive comments on social media before a match in China.
Ghana’s Sulley Muntari was sent home from the 2014 World Cup for alleged indiscipline. The midfielder was guilty of an “unprovoked physical attack” on a committee member.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was also sent home alongside Muntari. Boateng’s exclusion from the squad was due to “vulgar verbal insults” aimed at assistant coach Kwesi Appiah. The news regarding the pair came just hours before Ghana were eliminated from the tournament in Brazil.
Japanese basketball players
Four Japanese basketball players were kicked off their Asian Games team back in 2018 after they allegedly “spent the night in a hotel with women” following an 82-71 group stage win over Qatar.
One of the latest footballers to be sent home from a major tournament was Egypt’s Amr Warda. The PAOK midfielder was axed from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for disciplinary reasons.