‘Papa Courtois’ denies leaking team line-ups

Date published: Tuesday 24th April 2018 8:38

The father of Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has angrily denied ‘slanderous’ accusations that he leaked team information to journalists.

Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots – sacked after Euro 2016 – made the accusations to beIN Sports, and they have been translated by Sport Witness.

He said: “I just have a problem when I make my theory at 18h and at 18h15 it is on all networks (social). It means that a player has sold the selection. And that’s serious.

“It came back to me from several French journalists that Papa Courtois was doing it. It means that you do not respect your homeland.

“I find it a shame because I have to wait an hour before the match to have the opposing composition. And that’s terrible. The opponent is gaining time. He can prepare everything. He knows everything. And that’s really dramatic.

“It never happened at the World Cup in Brazil.”

Papa Courtois has responded to Belgium’s DH, saying: “I never in my life communicated a team composition to any journalist! Being a top player and also in a technical staff of a European level club, I know how delicate it is.

“My teammates and players also knew it. We work together for a long time to get results, I hate leaks!”

He described the accusations as “slander”.

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