Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin have announced that Salomon Kalou has been suspended with immediate effect, on the back of the veteran striker’s headline-grabbing social media antics earlier today.
Kalou’s FB post
Kalou, best remembered in England for his time spent plying his trade with Chelsea, began to turn heads online this afternoon, when the Ivorian took to Facebook to post a live stream.
This came after all members of Hertha Berlin’s squad were tested for COVID-19 at the club’s training ground.
The results of these tests, as confirmed by the German outfit, thankfully, came back negative.
Kalou’s subsequent actions, though, certainly paint the picture of one Hertha star who is not paying the current situation the respect that it deserves.
Incredibly, the 34-year-old, in a broadcast to his Facebook followers, filmed himself shaking hands with a number of his teammates.
This was followed by Kalou interrupting the medical checkup of Jordan Torunarigha, whilst the former Lille man continued to make light of the situation.
Such actions come as a direct breach of the current social distancing rules laid down for Bundesliga footballers.
Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has come under fire from the German league after shaking hands with teammates, this comes amidst scrutiny of the return of the Bundesliga season pic.twitter.com/dtkXdqZvgt
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 4, 2020
Those in a position of power at Hertha Berlin, meanwhile, have understandably not taken the actions of their experienced attacker lightly.
In a post across the club’s official website and social media platforms a short time ago, the Old Lady of German football confirmed that they have come to the decision to suspend Kalou from both training and matches ‘with immediate effect’:
‘Hertha BCS would like to clarify that these were the actions of one individual player. The fact that other team members did not draw his attention to this transgression, and instead returned the greeting with a handshake, makes it clear that rules on social distancing must be enforced with even greater intensity.’
‘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 this video taken inside the team’s dressing room, Kalou broke clear internal rules and display 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.’
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) May 4, 2020
Kalou himself, meanwhile, has since posted a message of apology for his actions, in which the African explains:
‘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.’
This article was edited by Conor Laird.