Naked photos of Croatian players have been posted online, leaving the team fuming.
Croatia’s players are refusing to talk to media after photos were published of them swimming naked in their hotel pool, coach Niko Kovac said.
Two photographers hid in nearby bushes and snapped the photos, which have since been published online.
“I can’t force them to be at your disposal after what you have done to them and their families,” Kovac told reporters on Sunday.
“How would you feel if someone took naked pictures of you? They are adamant that they won’t speak to you lot any more and I don’t know whether the silence will end tomorrow or last until the end of our World Cup campaign.
“I respect my players’ opinion and I also know that you have done a very professional job so far but you blew it with this one.
“The whole world has seen the photos.”
Croatia lost the opening game of their World Cup campaign against Brazil last Thursday, and will take on Cameroon in Manaus on Wednesday.