It’s still more than half a year before the tournament kicks off in Russia, and yet one player is already facing the real possibility of being banned from the games.
Colombia are grouped with Poland, Segenal and Japan in Group H.
Edwin Cardona is in trouble after he made an offensive gesture against South Korea back in November in a friendly.
Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min scored a brace to hand South Korea a 2-1 win over Colombia.
But the game gained exposure after Cardona made a racist eye gesture towards South Korea captain Ki Sung Yueng.
“We deeply regret any offense caused by Cardona’s behaviour,”Colombia coach Jose Pekerman condemned Edwin Cardona’s actions.
“All of our players are sorry about this. The player himself also apologised on social media.”
“He hasn’t made any similar mistakes before. Perhaps (Cardona’s behaviour) was due to cultural differences. He felt deep regret over this.”
And yet, Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee are now investigating the matter and Cardona could be slapped with a five match ban which would virtually rule him out of the 2018 World Cup.
Edwin Cardona plays his club football for Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors.
In 9 matches this season for Boca, the playmaker has scored three goals and chalked up one assist.