Union Berlin has banned Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana following a manager altercation and separate training.
David Datro Fofana, a Chelsea loanee, was suspended by Union Berlin for his indignant response to being substituted during the team’s Champions League loss to Napoli.
The 20-year-old was substituted out in the 70th minute of Tuesday’s 1-0 home loss to the Italian champions, failing to score or provide an assist for the German team.
There was a brief reunion between the two as he walked by manager Urs Fischer without accepting the head coach’s extended handshake or even making eye contact.
Oliver Ruhnert, the sporting director, and other players and staff attempted to console Fofana as he seemed to be in tears while on the bench.
The young man, who relocated to Stamford Bridge from Molde in January, apologized the next day, but Union Berlin nevertheless chastised him nonetheless.
Due to his outburst after being substituted, Fofana received a one-week ban and will not be selected for either Tuesday’s German Cup match against Stuttgart or the upcoming match against Werder Bremen.
During his suspension, he will also practice apart from the first team until Wednesday, November 1, when he returns to team training.
Spokesman for Union Berlin Christian Arbeit confirmed the decision to penalize Fofana. Manager Fischer stated: “Football is a team sport; you have to fit in and sometimes put yourself second.” We’re hoping he takes this as a lesson.
On Wednesday, Fofana apologized to his manager via social media, posting on the platform, saying, “I wanted to apologise to the club, the coach, my team-mates, and the supporters following my behaviour during my exit from the field.”
This gesture was the product of impatience because I wanted to keep supporting the team and make sure they had a good outcome, but it was not meant and in no way does it reflect my mentality.
“We’re going to keep working and come back even stronger in this fantastic competition and the championship.”
With 11 games and 567 minutes of play under his belt without a goal or assist for his loan club, Fofana’s ban only makes his bad start to his time in Berlin worse.