Marcus Thuram apologises for spitting in the face of Stefan Posch

Marcus Thuram apologises for spitting in the face of Stefan Posch as Borussia Monchengladbach striker faces a lengthy ban and insists his actions ‘are not in my character’

  • Marcus Thuram was sent off during Borussia Monchengladbach’s defeat
  • French forward spat in the face of Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch 
  • Referee Frank Willenborg showed the red card after reviewing incident with VAR
  • Thuram apologised for his actions but faces the prospect of a lengthy ban 

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram has apologised for spitting in the face of an opponent, saying his actions ‘are not in my character’.

Thuram was sent off and faces the prospect of a lengthy suspension after a confrontation with Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch during Saturday’s Bundesliga fixture.

The spitting incident took place in the 77th-minute with the scores level at 1-1 and Hoffenheim went on to score a late winner through Ryan Sessegnon.  

Borussia Monchengladbach star Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting at an opponent

The Frenchman was seen spitting in the face of Stefan Posch (L) in the 77th minute of the game

‘Today something took place that is not in my character and must never happen. I reacted to an opponent in a wrong way and something occurred accidentally and not intentionally,’ Thuram wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

‘I apologize to everyone, to Stefan Posch, to my opponents, to my teammates, to my family and to all those who saw my reaction. Of course, I accept all the consequences of my gesture.’

Thuram, 23, is likely to miss several matches when the Bundesliga resumes in the new year, dealing a blow to eighth-placed Gladbach’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League once again.

Schalke defender Ozan Kabak missed five games after he spat in the direction of an opponent in September. 

Thuram issued an apology on his Instagram account after Saturday’s incident

Thuram is shown the red card after the referee reviewed the incident on the VAR monitor

The French forward’s sending off proved costly for Gladbach as they lost the match 2-1

On loan Hoffenheim star Ryan Sessegnon netted late to clinch all three points on Saturday

Saturday’s incident was missed at first but referee Frank Willenborg was instructed to review it on the pitchside VAR monitor. Willenborg returned and dismissed the Frenchman.

‘It’s a shame for the team and a shame for him,’ Gladbach teammate Valentino Lazaro reflected after the game. ‘It doesn’t fit with his character at all.’

However, midfielder Christoph Kramer was less sympathetic of his team-mate. ‘His fuse blew. That should of course never happen to him. You can’t excuse it,” Kramer said.

Meanwhile, Gladbach coach Marco Rose apologised ‘on behalf of the whole club’ and added: ‘It simply doesn’t belong on a football pitch. It goes way beyond the limits.’ 

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