Marcus Thuram apologises for spitting in the face of Stefan Posch as Borussia Monchengladbach striker insists his actions 'are not in my character' - while his club fine him ONE MONTH's wages
Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram has apologised for spitting in the face of an opponent, saying his actions 'are not in my character' after his club hit him with a one-month fine.
Thuram was sent off and faces the prospect of a lengthy suspension after a confrontation with Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch during Saturday's Bundesliga fixture.
The spitting incident took place in the 77th-minute with the scores level at 1-1 and Hoffenheim went on to score a late winner through Ryan Sessegnon.
'Today something took place that is not in my character and must never happen. I reacted to an opponent in a wrong way and something occurred accidentally and not intentionally,' Thuram wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
'I apologize to everyone, to Stefan Posch, to my opponents, to my teammates, to my family and to all those who saw my reaction. Of course, I accept all the consequences of my gesture.'
Gladbach Sporting director Max Eberl confirmed that the Frenchman would be fined one month's wages with the money being donated to charity.
In a lengthy statement, Eberl said: 'I had a long discussion with Marcus this morning, in which he apologised to me and to the club once again for his actions.
'We have known Marcus for almost two years, we know his background and his family. Yesterday's actions do not represent that.
'Marcus is devastated and has assured me that he did not purposely spit at Stefan Posch. He told me that during a dispute with Stefan Posch, he had unintentionally spat after cursing several times in French in the heat of the moment.
'He knows that this doesn't change anything and that the pictures speak for themselves, and that the sending off was the right call.
'I believe Marcus because I have come to know him as a reflective person with a great demeanour. He did it, but he did not do it with intent.
'As a club, we will fine him a sum equivalent to one month's wage for his behaviour that led to the dismissal, which will be donated to a good cause.
'Marcus made a big mistake and is being punished for it. He remains the same person we know, and we will stand by him.'
Thuram, 23, is likely to miss several matches when the Bundesliga resumes in the new year, dealing a blow to eighth-placed Gladbach's chances of qualifying for the Champions League once again.
Schalke defender Ozan Kabak missed five games after he spat in the direction of an opponent in September.
Saturday's incident was missed at first but referee Frank Willenborg was instructed to review it on the pitchside VAR monitor. Willenborg returned and dismissed the Frenchman.
'It's a shame for the team and a shame for him,' Gladbach teammate Valentino Lazaro reflected after the game. 'It doesn't fit with his character at all.'
However, midfielder Christoph Kramer was less sympathetic of his team-mate. 'His fuse blew. That should of course never happen to him. You can't excuse it,'' Kramer said.
Meanwhile, Gladbach coach Marco Rose apologised 'on behalf of the whole club' and added: 'It simply doesn't belong on a football pitch. It goes way beyond the limits.'