Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou was seen defying rules of social distancing during coronavirus testing.
The current Bundesliga club Hertha BSC player put up a video of himself on Facebook, which showed him shaking hands with his team players after getting negative results, and interfering with someone’s testing.
Hertha Berlin is not taking his actions lightly at all, as reported on Sky Sports. They suspended Kalou with immediate effect and felt that what he did “is neither appropriate to the situation nor corresponds to the rules of conduct of the club.”
General manager Michael Preetz said: “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.”
“I am sorry if I gave the impression that I am not taking coronavirus seriously. The opposite is the case, because I am especially worried about the people in Africa, because the medical care there is nowhere near as good as in Germany,” apologised Kalou.
“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.”