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Euro 2008: Conjugal visits for Croatia

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Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has banned visits to his Euro 2008 camp by friends and acquaintances but he is happy to let his players enjoy an afternoon with their wives and girlfriends … as long as they announce their visits in advance and don’t disrupt the morning and evening training sessions.

Bilic started the Euro 2008 campaign by sending home three players for a binge-drinking escapade ahead of their first qualifier against Russia in Moscow but he is unlikely to have such problems here.

Croatia are staying in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, a tiny village where the bulk of the population appears to be over 60, so presumably any form of entertainment is welcome.

Is he taking a chance, though, with letting his men see their better halves during the tournament? It may affect team discipline but morale should go through the roof.

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