Birthday surprise is kick in the teeth for Brazil star

Brazil footballer Fabio da Silva had a birthday surprise from his teammates at Cardiff City today – a German flag hung on his changing room locker.

Fabio moved to Cardiff City in January Credit: PA Images

The former Manchester United player Fabio had salt rubbed in his wounds when his teammates gave him the flag for his 24th birthday.

It was an unwelcome present for the embarrassed Brazilian Credit: Wales News Service

The birthday surprise came after Brazil suffered the worst defeat in World Cup history losing seven goals to one against Germany in the semi-final last night.

He arrived for training with the German flag hanging from his locker with the words: “Happy 24th Birtday Fabio”.

One fellow player at the Championship side said: “It could have been worse … he could have been playing.”