Bundesliga side, Schalke 04 has strongly reprimanded youngster, Rabbi Matondo after he was pictured in a Borussia Dortmund jersey in the gym.
The 19-year-old has equally been forced to give an apology to fans of the club after wearing a Jadon Sancho shirt during his personal training session. Both players were teammates at Manchester City before they left for Germany to continue their careers.
Matondo’s apology was shared on instagram: “A sincere apology to Schalke and all the fans” before adding a longer statement on his account.
“Addressing the pictures circulated on social media of me in the shirt of our biggest rivals. I am very sad and disappointed in myself for letting everyone associated with Schalke down.
“I want to clear this situation up and most importantly to apologise to everyone at the club, in particular our incredible fans. Causing such hurt and upset was absolutely not my intention. Being completely transparent I naively wore the shirt for a private personal training session. The shirt was my very close friend Jadon Sancho’s shirt.
“I wore it because it was Jadon’s and not because of anything to do with Dortmund. I did this not thinking of the consequences and how upset I would make a lot of people. There’s no excuse for my immaturity. I just want to say how deeply sorry I am to everyone offended and upset by my actions.”
Jochen Schneider, Schalke sports director told Sky Germany: “I made it clear to Rabbi Matondo on the phone what I thought of such a rash action.
“He is only 19 years old but he should not have allowed this to happen. We clearly told him that he had to show the right reaction to his misconduct on and off the pitch.”