Greece team reject World Cup bonus in favour of new training centre

Greece pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014
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The Greece team write to their prime minister Antonis Samaras stating that they do not want to receive a World Cup bonus, but would rather have a training centre built.

The Greece team have reportedly written to their prime minister Antonis Samaras to state that they do not want to be paid a World Cup bonus.

The players will return to their homeland this week after they were knocked out of the tournament in Brazil following a last-16 defeat to Costa Rica on penalties.

Instead of receiving extra money for their efforts in the tournament, the players have requested that a new training centre is built in order to develop the national team.

According to news bomb.gr, the letter read: "We do not want as extra bonus, or money. We only play for Greece and its people. All we want is for you to support our effort to find a land and create a sports centre that will house our National team."

The letter was signed by all 23 squad players after it was written yesterday.

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas prepares to make a save as Greece's forward Kostas Mitroglou and defender Vasilis Torosidis try to score during the round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014
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