Grieving Vincent Kompany axed from Belgium squad as Dick Advocaat punishes Manchester City star's late shows

Vincent Kompany

Out of favour: Dick Advocaat (background) has sent home Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany has become the second Barclays Premier League player to incur the wrath of Dick Advocaat after being expelled from Belgium's squad ahead of their game with Qatar.

The Manchester City midfielder was sent packing by strict disciplinarian Advocaat after two examples of poor time-keeping in the space of three days.

He was demoted to the bench against Hungary on Saturday, after arriving five minutes late for a team meeting earlier in the day, and given his marching orders this morning after failing to meet a deadline for returning from his grandmother's funeral in Brussels on Monday.

Advocaat had already reiterated his displeasure with Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, for pulling out of a World Cup qualifier with Estonia to keep a dental appointment, and was quick to act when Kompany stepped out of line.

Kompany protested his innocence over missing the start of Advocaat's Saturday morning team talk, saying: 'The players always used to get a wake-up call from the hotel reception desk, but that has apparently changed under the new manager.

'You have to make your own arrangements for waking up on time now, but I didn't know, after being out injured before, and no-one told me. I can understand the manager not being happy, though.'

Marouane Fellaine (red, No 10)

Back in the good books: Marouane Fellaine (red, No 10) took his place in the Belgium side to face Hungary despite previously angering boss Advocaat

After pointing out that Kompany should have been up in plenty of time, anyway, for an 11.45am start to the pre-match tactics meeting, Advocaat gave the 23-year old strict instructions about what time he had be back at the team hotel, following his grandmother's funeral.

When the deadline passed without any sign of him, former Rangers boss Advocaat slung him out of the squad, in a move that places a question mark over his international future.

The Belgium coach is trying to instil extra discipline in his squad and hit out again at Fellaini's absence against Estonia, saying: 'It was not the conduct I expected from one of my players, and I have not forgotten it.'

Advocaat also had no qualms about making a statement by axeing captain Timmy Simons from his first squad and naming Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen as the new skipper.

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