Kalou banned from Hertha Berlin training for breaking social distancing rules

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2020

He moved to Lille on a free transfer in July 2012 upon the expiry of his contract at Chelsea, where he spent two seasons before moving to Hertha for an undisclosed fee.

Kalou bumped fists before speaking to Vedad Ibisevic, with the Hertha captain seemingly complaining about the pay cut he took as part of the response to the ongoing coronavirus heath crisis.

The ex-Chelsea player also interrupted what appeared to be a COVID-19 test being undertaken by defender Jordan Torunarigha.

Salomon Kalou has been banned from Hertha BSC training after breaching the club's health and safety rules.

"Hertha BCS would like to clarify that these were the actions of one individual player".

"Salomon Kalou's video from the dressing-room violated basic team rules and showed behaviour that is neither appropriate to the situation nor in accordance with the club's rules of conduct", said the statement.

Hertha emphasized that they had divided the squad into distinct groups with separate training areas and would make distance and hygiene rules "even more intensive" following the "failure of a single player". The club has therefore made the decision to suspend the player in question from training and matches with immediate effect.

Regarding the wage matter, Hertha added: "The discussion on the waiver of partial salaries of license players at Hertha BSC arose from incorrect accounting". These have since been corrected.

"These measures were openly discussed in coordination with everyone and supported by all of the players". There was no internal criticism.

Hertha's statement continued: "With his "Coronavirus singing", Salomon Kalou gave the impression that he was not aware of the extent of the Corona pandemic. On the contrary, everyone welcomed this measure".

The footage, which has since been deleted, was broadcast on the same day the German football league (DFL) reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among the country's 36 clubs in the top two divisions, and it appeared to contradict the league's assertion that everything was being done to prevent the spread of the virus.

In a statement on the club's official website, Kalou, 34, apologised for his actions. The reality is the exact opposite, because I'm really anxious about the people of Africa, because health systems aren't as good there as they are in Germany.

"I did not really think about it and I was glad that our tests were all negative", he said, adding that he was particularly concerned about the coronavirus situation in Africa. "I would also like to apologize to those shown in the video, who did not know that I was broadcasting live and who I did not want to put in such a situation".

Kalou has since deleted the video showing him disobeying numerous German football league's (DFL) safety measures upon his return to training with Hertha. "There can not be any tolerance for this, also with regard to the players and clubs who are adhering to the guidelines, because they have grasped the seriousness of the situation".

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