Union Berlin has suspended David Datro Fofana for a week after he refused to shake his coach’s hand during the team’s Champions League loss to Napoli on Tuesday.
Fofana, who is on loan to the Bundesliga club from Chelsea, walked past Urs Fischer’s outstretched hand after he was substituted in the 70th minute in the 1-0 home defeat against the Italian champions on Tuesday.
The two briefly came into contact when Fischer appeared to bump into Fofana, who was replaced on the field by Kevin Behrens. The defeat was Union’s ninth consecutive loss in all competitions and third in three Champions League games.
Christian Arbeit, a spokesman for Union Berlin, said on Thursday that Fofana had apologized to Fischer and the club’s sports director, Oliver Ruhnert. Fischer said he hopes Fofana learns from the incident and that “it’s about accepting decisions.”
Fofana, who joined Chelsea from Norwegian club Molde in January for £8.7 million plus add-ons, previously apologized to the Union team and fans on Instagram, saying he would rather stay on the field than be substituted.
“The gesture was not intentional and in no way reflects my attitude,” wrote the 20-year-old Ivorian. “All of this came from frustration because I wanted to continue to help the team achieve a positive result.”
Fofana will train separately from the team during his suspension and will not be considered for selection against Werder Bremen for Saturday’s Bundesliga game – or against Stuttgart in the DFB Cup on Tuesday, Arbeit said. He will return to team training on Wednesday, November 1st.
After four appearances for Chelsea last season, Fofana was sent on loan to the Bundesliga club in July. He has yet to score a goal for Union in eleven appearances, with his last competitive goal coming in the Norwegian league last November.