French international Marcus Thuram was hit with a six-match suspension and an $AUD64,500 fine by the German Football Association for spitting at an opponent during his club Borussia Munchengladbach’s defeat to Hoffenheim at the weekend.
The 23-year-old striker — son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram — was sent off after a video review showed him spitting in the face of Stefan Posch of Hoffenheim as the two argued during a Bundesliga match.
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With Gladbach down to 10 men, Hoffenheim scored a late goal and won 2-1.
Thuram was also fined a month’s salary, to be paid to a charity, by his club.
According to Bild daily, the fine could be in the region of $240,000 and constitute a club record sanction.
“Marcus has accepted this and has also offered to engage with this social cause on his own behalf,” the club’s sporting director Max Eberl said in a statement.
“I have come to know him as a reflective person with a great demeanour. He remains the same person we know, and we will stand by him.
Thuram took to Instagram after the incident to apologise, saying the spit “occurred accidentally and not intentionally”.
The referee had no option but to show a red card.Source:AFP
“Today something took place that is not in my character and must never happen.” Thuram wrote. “I apologise to everyone, to Stefan Posch, to my opponents, to my teammates, to my family and to all those who saw my reaction.”
Eberl said he had a “long discussion” with Thuram on Sunday morning and that the player was “devastated”.
He said Thuram “told me that during a dispute with Stefan Posch, he had unintentionally spat after cursing several times in French in the heat of the moment.
“He knows that this doesn’t change anything and that the pictures speak for themselves, and that the sending off was the right call.”
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