Borussia Monchengladbach forward, Marcus Thuram has apologised for spitting at Hoffeinheim defender Stefan Posch during their Bundesliga clash last weekend.
The spitting eventually got him sent off while the scoreline of the match was at 1-1. Gladbach later conceded another goal a few minutes later, which made them lose the game 2-1.
Many have criticized the France striker’s attitude. He took to his social media page to tender an apology to the player, his family and teammates for letting them down with such behaviour.
“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…Of course, I accept all the consequences of my gesture.”
Marcus Thuram set to face lengthy ban for spitting
Normally a player red-carded gets a three-match ban, but spitting is a disgusting act that is taken seriously in football. It is especially dangerous as the world continues to fight the second wave of the deadly COVID-19.
Thuram, who is the son of France World Cup winner Lilian Thuram – would have set a perfect example in the world where the game has many battles on its hand already.
It is unfortunate that this is happening at the time that the 23-year-old was starting to establish himself as a top player in his own right and not Lilian Thuram’s son.
He scored 14 goals in all competitions for Borussia Monchengladbach last season and has already notched four strikes this time around.
He made the headline for the wrong reason this time around for a stupid act because a win could have lifted his side to fifth in the table. The defeat also came at the time his team needs a win as their poor form continues.
Gladbach has now recorded their sixth game on the spin without a win. They will hope for a pre-Christmas confidence boost when they face Elversberg in the German Cup on Tuesday.
The last player that received a lengthy ban for spitting in the direction of an opponent was Schalke defender Ozan Kabak. The Turkish defender was suspended for five games for such in September.
Since Thuram spitted on the face of the player, his own ban might be lengthier. Although apologies have been tendered by the coach, Marco Rose to Posch, as well, the deed has been done.
Spitting during a pandemic? Thuram is unlikely not to escape a minimum of five games ban.