Democratic Republic of Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani has vowed to quit international football due to “unfair” treatment following the Brussels attacks, reports the Daily Express.
The Norwich City centre forward was at the Zaventem Airport when the bombs were detonated and decided to return home to reconcile with his family, rather than attempt to find alternative transport to join his country for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Angola.
DR Congo achieved a 4-1 aggregate win over the two legs but that did not prevent FA chairman Constant Omari from criticising the powerful attacker for failing to attend the games.
The Mirror reported that the Fifa executive committee member told French radio: “It's true there were problems at the airport, but (Cedric) Bakambu was on the same plane (as Mbokani) and had to leave Brussels.
"But he caught an alternate plane from Charleroi and did everything to come here (to Kinshasa). We called Mbokani and told him of the new arrangements being made but he turned us down."
The former Monaco and Wolfsburg attacker is currently on loan at Carrow Road from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.
After scoring prolifically in Belgium with Standard Liege and Anderlecht, Mbokani has failed to replicate his eye for goal following his Premier League move but netted in the dramatic last-gasp 3-2 victory over relegation rivals Newcastle on Saturday.
The 30-year-old says he will not be returning to the international frame, revealing how he regularly has difficulties working with the country's governing body.
"I was at Brussels airport at the time of the attacks," Mbokani was quoted as saying in the Daily Express.
"Immediately after, I called the vice-president Theo Binamungu and he promised to call me.
"Since that day, no one called me. Not even a message of support and encouragement from what happened to me.
"Then I stayed in Brussels with my family that I almost lost in the attacks. I asked my team to give me a few days of rest, time for me to recover from the trauma.
"Someone from the Congolese tried to make me travel to Kinshasa. I always have problems with the Federation. That's the reason why I decided to stop with the national team.
"I do not want to play for Congo. I find the treatment unfair. Therefore, after discussion with my family, my relatives, I decided to stop."