DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Friendship doesn’t go that far when buddies become rivals in sports.
United coach Gregg Berhalter considers himself a friend of his England counterpart Gareth Southgate, but communication between the two has recently been cut off with the two teams leading the World Cup.
“I was Whatsapped but didn’t see the blue tick,” Berhalter said on Thursday, a day before his side face England in Group B. “So I don’t know what’s going on. .
“No, we kind of took a break. We will resume our relationship the day after tomorrow.
Some people’s checkmarks on the phone app turn blue when the recipient has read the message, but a user can set the phone to remain dark.
Southgate did not comment on his phone settings, but was asked if it was possible to have a “real” friendship with a rival manager.
“No,” he joked before telling the truth. “You can, of course, but everyone knows how it works in our game. You compete against each other and when it’s over, it’s sport, you rekindle the friendship.
If so, Berhalter should expect that tick to turn blue regardless of the outcome at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
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