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Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram could face a long suspension after being sent off for spitting on rival Stefan Posch on Saturday.
The 23-year-old is highly rated as one of the most exciting forwards in Europe, but his latest actions have caused a widespread reaction, including from his own teammates, following his dismissal.
The incident occurred in the 79th minute of Gladbach’s clash with Hoffenheim, when an altercation between Thuram and Posch caused the Frenchman to spit in the defender’s face.
The forward has been criticized for his smug action, given the particularly precarious nature of the current global situation amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Players live in a world very different from their usual environment, where contact between them and the outside world should be minimal.
Coronavirus is an airborne disease that can be transmitted by something as simple as breath or touch, so the sight of one player spitting on another has shocked the sports world.
The footage, as seen in Receive French football news, clearly shows Thuram spitting into Posch’s mouth, who quickly raises his hand to his face.
Thuram will have to wait to find out the length of his ban, with a longer-than-usual suspension likely in place to discourage any footballer from spitting on a colleague on the football field again, especially in the midst of a pandemic. .
The forward’s teammates had to pay for their actions as the hosts fell in a 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim, with Ryan Sessegnon pocketing the winning goal in the 86th minute, seven minutes after Thuram was out. expelled in disgrace.
After the game, Thuram posted a message on Instagram apologizing to his ‘Posch, my opponents, my teammates, my family and everyone who saw my reaction,’ while vowing to ‘accept the consequences’ of his actions.
Meanwhile, Christoph Kramer, Thuram’s partner in Gladbach, who was recently acquitted of his own charge of spitting, said via Sky Germany that the incident did not “look good” and was not appropriate for a “role model”.