Hertha Berlin suspend Kalou for breaking social distancing rules

DAVID GOMBE

Hertha Berlin have suspended striker Salomon Kalou from training for breaking social distancing rules.

The former Chelsea forward posted a video in which he was seen shaking hands with teammates and interrupting a medical checkup of one Hertha player.

Hertha have on Monday released a statement on the incident which reads,

“Salomon Kalou has given the impression in his video that the Hertha BSC players do not take the social distancing and hygiene rules seriously on the part of the health authorities.”

“Hertha BSC would like to state that this was the failure of a single player. The fact that other team members did not draw his attention to this misconduct and instead replied to the greeting by shaking hands shows that the regular references to the distance and hygiene rules must be even more intense.”

“Salomon Kalou violated fundamental team internal rules and showed behaviour that is neither appropriate to the situation nor corresponds to the rules of conduct of the club. Hertha BSC has therefore decided to suspend it from training and game operations with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s website read.

The Germany Bundesliga was suspended due to the horrendous Coronavirus outbreak and was scheduled to resume in May but Kalou’s incident may lead to a backlash.

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