Kalou suspended by Hertha for breaking safety rules in video on social media

Kalou suspended by Hertha for breaking safety rules in video on social media

Salomon appeared to make laugh of the pandemic live on social media.

He has filmed himself interrupting a team-mate's test while screening it live on Facebook. The German league consider this behaviour as unacceptable.

It comes just few days after Kalou admitted that it "would be awkward" returning to playing football as the game is such contact sport.

 

Hertha club statement said: "Salomon Kalou was tempted by his negative test results to greet the other players in the dressing room, sometimes with a handshake, contrary to the clear announcements made by health authorities. "With his 'Corona Song', Kalou gave the impression that he is not aware of the extent of the ongoing pandemic."With this video taken inside the team's dressing room, Kalou broke clear internal rules and displayed a behaviour, which is neither appropriate for this current situation, nor reflective of the code of conduct of Hertha BSC. "The club has therefore made the decision to suspend the player in question from training and matches with immediate effect."

 

Michael Preetz, the General manager has add: "With his video, Salomon Kalou has not only done a great deal of damage to Hertha BSC, but also created the impression that individual players are not taking the issue of coronavirus seriously, in a time of great discussion on the resumption of football and the role of the professional game."

 

Salomon apologised for his actions on the official club´s website: "I'm sorry if I gave the impression that I'm not taking coronavirus seriously. I want to apologise for this.The reality is the exact opposite, because I'm really worried about the people of Africa, because health systems aren't as good there as they are in Germany.

"I didn't really think it through and was excited that my tests came back negative. I would also like to apologise to all those who appeared in the video who didn't know that I was broadcasting live and whom I didn't want to bring into this situation."

 

The top two German club of the divisions have returned 10 positive results out of 1,724 tests, according to the German football league.

A decision to resume group training with government approval is expected to be released on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga is expected to be the first major football league in Europe to return to competition.

Suggestions of resuming are planned on 9 May but the government delayed the decision and a restart may acknowledged by the 16 or 23 May.