Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana clashes with Union Berlin boss Urs Fischer as he refuses to shake his manager’s hand in their Champions League defeat to Napoli… as the forward publicly apologises
- David Datro Fofana has endured a torrid start to his loan spell at Union Berlin
- The forward ignored his manager against Napoli and has had ‘private problems’
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Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana fell out with Union Berlin boss Urs Fischer as they slumped to defeat against Napoli on Tuesday night – but now he has apologised.
The 20-year-old, shipped out from Stamford Bridge to Germany for the season, refused to shake the manager’s hand when he was substituted in their 1-0 loss.
Fischer poked Fofana but the forward did not even look at him as he trudged to the bench, with Union going on to lose their third straight Champions League game.
It was also their ninth consecutive defeat in all competitions as the starry-eyed club have tumbled down the table, teetering just above the Bundesliga drop zone.
In a public Instagram apology, Fofana wrote: ‘Following my behaviour during my exit from the field, I wanted to apologise to the club, the coach, my teammates and the supporters.
David Datro Fofana did not acknowledge Urs Fischer when he was substituted against Napoli
He was substituted after 70 minutes shortly after Napoli scored the only goal of the match
The forward, on loan from Chelsea, has failed to find the back of the net in Germany
Fofana apologised for the episode on Instagram, saying it did not represent his attitude
‘This gesture was not intended and in no way does it represent my attitude, all this was generated as a result of frustration because I wanted to continue helping the team to obtain a positive result.
‘We will continue to work and come back even stronger in the championship and in this great competition.’
Fofana has struggled during his loan spell at Union, scoring no goals in nine appearances.
He was taken off 70 minutes into the game against Napoli at 1-0 down.
The club’s sporting director has previously explained that the striker is facing ‘private problems’ and is lacking in self-confidence.
Chelsea made Fofana their first acquisition of the January transfer window, signing the youngster from Molde for £8million.
He made four appearances for the Blues but was unable to find the form he had at Molde, Erling Haaland’s old club, where he scored 22 in 39 games in 2022.
His loan to Union Berlin has given him a taste of European football but has so far not produced dividends.
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