The German Football Association (DFB) banned Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram for six matches for spitting at Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch.
The 23-year-old was already fined a month’s salary by Gladbach for the incident that resulted in a red card in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Borussia-Park – spotted by VAR.
It was not a deliberate act, Thuram maintained, but apologized to Posch, Hoffenheim, and his Gladbach team-mates, saying he would “accept all of the consequences of my gesture”
On Monday, the DFB announced that Thuram will serve in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal on a five-match ban, with the sixth match suspended until 21 December 2021.
France’s international Thuram, who scored four goals in 20 games this season in all of Gladbach’s competitions, was also fined EUR 40,000.
Also, in an internal disciplinary move, the forward was fined a month’s wages by his club, reported by Gladbach over the weekend.
Commenting on the weekend incident, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said: “This morning, I had a long discussion with Marcus, in which he apologized again to me and the club for his actions. For almost two years, we have known Marcus, we know his past and his family. The acts of Saturday do not reflect that. Marcus is distraught and told me he didn’t spit at Stefan Posch deliberately.
He told me that he had accidentally spat after swearing multiple times in French in the heat of the moment during a fight with Stefan Posch. He understands that this doesn’t change anything, that the photos speak for themselves, and that it was the right decision to send them off. I trust Marcus because I came to know him with a great demeanor as a reflective person. He did it, but with intent, he did not do it.
As a club, for his conduct that contributed to the dismissal, which will be donated to a good cause, we will fine him an amount equal to one month’s salary. Marcus acknowledged this and on his behalf has also volunteered to participate in this social cause.