French international Marcus Thuram has been given a six-match ban and a €40 000 fine by the German Football Association on Monday 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.
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 €150 000 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 on Sunday.
“I have come to know him as a reflective person with a great demeanour,” said Eberl. “He remains the same person we know, and we will stand.
Thuram did apologise for spitting in the face of Posch. “I reacted to an opponent in a wrong way and something occurred accidentally and not intentionally,” he said.
“I apologise 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.”
By FARPost Reporter