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Marcus Thuram has been fined one month’s salary by Borussia Monchengladbach after being sent off for spitting on Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch.
The forward saw a red card 11 minutes from time in his team’s 2-1 loss after VAR saw that he had spat at Posch when facing the defender.
Thuram later insisted that it was not deliberate, but apologized to Posch, Hoffenheim, and his fellow Gladbach players, saying that he would “accept all the consequences of my gesture.”
The club confirmed on Sunday that Thuram’s month-long salary will be donated to a worthy cause, to which the player will commit.
Gladbach is also expected to issue an “internal ban” to the France international.
Sporting director Max Eberl said in a statement: “I had a long discussion with Marcus this morning, in which he apologized to me and the club once again for his actions.
“We have known Marcus for almost two years, we know his background and his family. Yesterday’s actions do not represent that. Marcus is devastated and has assured me that he did not spit on Stefan Posch on purpose. He told me that during a dispute with Stefan Posch, he had accidentally spit after cursing several times in French in the heat of the moment.
“He knows that this does not change anything and that the images speak for themselves, and that the expulsion was the right decision. I believe Marcus because I have come to know him as a thoughtful person with great demeanor. He did, but he did not do it with intention.
“As a club, we will fine you a sum equal to one month’s salary for your behavior that led to the dismissal, which will be donated to a good cause. Marcus has accepted this and has also offered to participate in this social cause on his own behalf.
“Last night Marcus apologized to Stefan Posch, Hoffenheim, his teammates, the coaching staff and the Gladbach fans, and I would like to do so again explicitly on behalf of Borussia Monchengladbach. Marcus made a big mistake and is being punished for it. He is still the same person we know, and we will be by his side. “
Thuram, 23, has scored four goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for Gladbach this season.