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Chelsea loanee banned after clashing with manager


Union Berlin have hit Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana with a one-week ban after his angry reaction to being subbed off in the side’s recent UEFA Champions League 1-0 home defeat to Napoli.

Fofana, who once again failed to score a goal or provide an assist for Union Berlin, was withdrawn in the 70th minute during the encounter against Napoli.

As the 20-year-old made his way past manager Urs Fischer, he refused to shake the coach’s outstretched hand or even make eye contact.

There was also a brief coming-together between Fofana and Fischer.

However, the decision to reprimand Fofana was confirmed by Union Berlin spokesman, Christian Arbeit, with manager Fischer saying: “Football is a team sport, you have to fit in and sometimes put yourself second. We hope that he learns from this.”

Fofana will not be considered for selection against either Werder Bremen at the weekend or Tuesday’s German Cup tie against Stuttgart as a result of the suspension.

The youngster will also train separately from the first-team squad for the duration of his suspension, before rejoining team training on Wednesday 1 November.

Meanwhile, Fofana, who moved to Chelsea from Molde last January, had already issued an apology via his social media account

He said, “Following my behaviour during my exit from the field, I wanted to apologise to the club, the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.

This gesture was not intended and in no way does it represent my attitude, all this was generated as a result of frustration because I wanted to continue helping the team to obtain a positive result.

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