James in a spot of bother for one-fingered salute to press

A photograph of the Real Madrid midfielder by an AFP reporter has caused a bit of a stir in Colombia, although it remains unclear who the gesture was for
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James Rodríguez haciendo 'pistola' en el entrenamiento de la Selección Colombia

News agency AFP published a photograph on Sunday that may lead to punishment for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodríguez.

In the image, taken by AFP photographer Luis Acosta, the captain of the Colombia national team, wearing an official Colombia shirt, is seen making an obscene gesture in the direction of the press gathered outside the headquarters of the Colombian Football Federation in Bogotá.

James gesture

In Colombian daily El Tiempo, journalist Gabriel Meluk expanded on the incident: "[Acosta] told me that there were three agency photographers and two reporters from WIN Sports there at the time. Behind them were the rest of the press doing interviews with the players. Then, from the second floor of the hotel where the gymnasium is, James appeared and aimed a “pistol” in our direction.”

The player has not yet made any comment on the matter and the federation and Colombia’s technical staff have also remained quiet.

Colombia World Cup bid on track

Colombia play Ecuador in Quito on Monday in a qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup. Los Cafeteros are currently fourth in the Conmebol group – an automatic qualifying place for Russia - with 21 points, one point ahead of Ecuador and Chile, who are tied on 20.

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