Bosnia coach knocks out Greece player’s tooth in brutal brawl

Bosnia coach knocks out Greece player’s tooth in brutal brawl

Bosnia assistant Stephane Gilli could find himself in hot water after knocking out an opponent’s TOOTH during a brutal brawl at the end of their match against Greece.

Tempers frayed in the dying minutes of the World Cup Group H qualifier on Friday night, when Roma team-mates Edin Dzeko and Kostas Manolas clashed on the pitch.

In the melee that ensued, Gilli sprinted onto the pitch and footage showed him punching Greek player Giannis Gianniotas while others tried to pull him away.

Nicola Rizzoli, widely regarded as one of the best referees in the world, was in charge of the game, but he was unable to stop the atmosphere from turning sour right at the end of the game.

Initially, Dzeko and Manolas appeared to grab each other by the throat in an on-field incident, before they were dragged apart by team-mates.

Following that, other players and coaching staff entered the field of play, and comments from Manolos post-match go some way to explaining the reason for the violence.

‘The Bosnians should be ashamed of themselves for not respecting our national anthem,’ he told Greek TV. ‘This sort of thing does not represent football.’

The match itself finished in a goalless draw, meaning Greece stay ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina by a single point after six matches.

That result was positive for Belgium, who beat Estonia to extend their lead at the top of the group to six points.

Cyprus and Gibraltar make up the rest of Group H.

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