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Vinčić replaces the injured Ropret, a protest over the replacement of the Slovenian flag with the Slovak one



The Slovenians play for the bronze medal against the French on Saturday at 5:30 p.m

With the loss in the semi-finals against Poland, Slovenia was also without first passer Gregor Ropret due to an injury. Dejan Vinčić will replace him in the lineup for Saturday’s match against France for the bronze medal.

The unfortunate event in the confrontation with the Poles – they then won the match 3:1 – happened when the tie was tied at 1:1 in the sets and when the score was 12:12 in the third set. Gregor Ropret landed on the foot of Polish volleyball player Aleksander Šliwka after attempting a block and sprained his ankle. He could no longer continue with the game, and at the same time, he was lost for Saturday’s match for 3rd place, in which Slovenia will face France at 5:30 p.m. in Rome (broadcast on TV SLO 2).

Ropret's injury was the turning point in the semi-finals.  Photo: OZS

“Gregor sprained his ankle. After the match, we performed an X-ray at the hospital, which showed no damage to the bones, and we will get additional answers about the severity of the injury after an examination with magnetic resonance, which is expected to be performed on Friday. Gregor is already under the care of the national team’s physiotherapists , which will primarily try to alleviate the swelling, and after the results of the second examination, we will be able to decide what the next steps of rehabilitation will be.” the national team doctor spoke about the unfortunate event Mile Majstorović.

CEV allowed an emergency replacement

Since Ropret’s injury prevents him from continuing to play at this European Championship, the European Volleyball Federation (CEV) approved the substitution of players. So he went to Rome hardened Dejan Vinčićwho underwent elbow surgery after the club season ended.

The 36-year-old pitcher began to forge a return to the pitch during national team training in preparation for the European Championship, and in the last period he trained with his new club employers from Bucharest.

Vinčić’s arrival was naturally welcomed by his teammates: “Dejan has been with us from the very beginning. I like that he comes to help for just one game. That alone shows how great a man he is,” said Alen Pajenk.

Replaced the Slovenian flag with Slovakian
The Volleyball Federation of Slovenia addressed a letter of protest to the European Volleyball Confederation. The reason for this is the incorrect use of the flag during Thursday’s semi-final match of the European Championship between Slovenia and Poland in the PalaLottomatica arena in Rome, the Slovenian Federation announced. The organizers used the Slovak flag instead of the Slovenian flag on the LED billboards, the LED cube and in the official competition bulletin. “Since this is not the first such behavior by the organizers of the biggest competitions under the auspices of the European Volleyball Confederation, we at OZS expect an apology from the organizers, the Italian Volleyball Federation and the European Volleyball Confederation, and at the same time we request the European Volleyball Confederation to tighten control over the organizers of the competitions and thus avoids such situations in the future,” OZS wrote in a press release.

Source: Rtvslo

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