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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiryakov Dismissed

WIGAN, England ( -- Top Russian striker Sergei Kiryakov has been sent home from Euro 96 for undermining squad morale, Russian coach Oleg Romantsev said Tuesday.

Romantsev said he would never pick the player again as long as he was in charge of the national side. "Kiryakov has been sent home for damaging the morale of the team," Romantsev said.

Kiryakov, who plays for German club Karlsruhe, is one of Russia's two first-choice strikers but only came on as substitute in the 2-1 Group C defeat by Italy and was left on the bench for the 3-0 loss to Germany.