After losing their world cup match to Brazil 3-1, the Croatian team went back to their hotel and decided to have a swim to regroup for their next match. Two of the guys Dejan Lovren and Sime Vrsaljko decided they’d like to have their swim nude. Perfectly reasonable in my humble opinion. I’m not sure what the rules of the hotel are but no one seems to have any issue with their nudity. Their team mates who aren’t nude certainly don’t seem to have a problem. So why did just about every report I saw of this online today use the word “Scandal” to describe their swim.

If they had been calling a photographer taking photos of them without their permission then yes, that’s the scandalous behaviour. None of the photos that have been published have included full frontal, with a couple of them being pixellated where necessary but it seems that most news sources are keeping the guys’ modesty protected. Not that I think they’d care. After all Croatia is full of beautiful beaches and a lot of them are happily clothing optional.