The Wales trio Rabbi Matondo, Hal Robson-Kanu and Tyler Roberts are kicked OUT of the squad for ‘breaking a hotel clock’ ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic
- Wales is without Rabbi Matondo, Hal Robson-Kanu and Tyler Roberts this week
- The trio has been sent home by the squad after ‘violation of FAW protocol’
- They are said to have been recovered from their bedrooms after a hotel clock
- Roberts apologized on Instagram, admitting he ‘stayed up late’
- Wales faces a huge World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday
Rabbi Matondo, Hal Robson-Kanu and Tyler Roberts have been kicked out of the Wales squad for breaking a hotel clock, according to The athletic
In a brief statement, Wales announced that the trio would return to their clubs immediately and miss Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic after ‘breaking FAW protocol’.
The statement did not reveal any specific reason behind the decision to release Matondo, Robson-Kanu and Roberts, but it is claimed that all three players were taken from their bedrooms following curfews imposed by Wales coaching staff.
Hal Robson-Kanu (left) and Rabbi Matondo (right) have been released from the Wales squad
Leeds striker Tyler Roberts has also been started for allegedly breaking a hotel clock
The athletic say there is no suggestion that the stars have broken Covid rules, while Wales worked in a strict bubble during the international break.
Wales ‘statement read:’ Three members of the Cymru senior national team – Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts – have been released from the camp in Wales today after violating FAW protocol.
The three players return to their respective clubs this afternoon.
“The FAW will not comment further.”
Leeds attacker Roberts apologized for his behavior on Instagram, suggesting the protocol breach was overdue.
Roberts said, “Discouraged leaving camp early, but rules are rules and I should have been at the hotel no later than the agreed time.
Wales janitor Robert Page prepares his team for a crucial World Cup qualifier on Tuesday
Roberts apologized for his behavior and admitted that he stayed up late Sunday night
Sorry to the team, staff and Wales fans. I will continue to work as hard as possible to earn my place in the squad for the European Championship. ‘
Roberts came off the bench last week during Wales’ World Cup qualifying defeat against Belgium and started the 1-0 friendly victory over Mexico on Saturday.
Matondo started the game against Mexico in Cardiff, while Robson-Kanu was used as a substitute by janitor Robert Page.
All three will be missing for what looks like a hugely important World Cup qualifier on Tuesday-evening.
The Czechs are at the top of Group E after a win and a draw from their first two games, while Wales are second after ditching a 1-0 lead by losing to Belgium last week.
Matondo’s time away with the national team had already been marred after being the target of racial abuse on social media after Saturday’s game.
Police are investigating the source of vile messages sent to loaned Stoke and teammate Ben Cabango in the aftermath of the friendly.
The pair highlighted the posts they sent to their Instagram post-match, calling Matondo a ‘n *****’ and Cabango a ‘f *** ing monkey’.
Wales winger Matondo (left) and his teammate Ben Cabango (right) were racially abused on social media after their friendly victory over Mexico on Saturday.
Matondo was sent several monkey emojis and named an ‘n *****’ by a social media user