Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana apologises for reaction to being subbed off in Champions League clash

The youngster was fuming after firing another blank against Napoli.

Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana apologises for reaction to being subbed off in Champions League clash
Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana
The youngster was fuming after firing another blank against Napoli (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana has apologised following a clash with his Union Berlin manager after being substituted in the side’s Champions League defeat to Napoli on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old moved to Germany on a season-long loan in the summer but his spell with the Bundesliga side has not gone entirely to plan so far.

Fofana has been given plenty of chances to impress, making 11 appearances in all competitions so far and racking up 567 minutes of action, but has yet to register a single goal or assist.

His frustrations continued on Tuesday night as Union Berlin were beaten 1-0 by Italian champions Napoli and things boiled over when he was withdrawn in the 70th minute.

As he headed to the dugout, Fofana walked straight past manager Urs Fischer without making eye contact and snubbed his offer of a handshake, with the Swiss coach visibly annoyed by the reaction.

When he took his place on the bench, Fofana was raging and even appeared to break down in tears, with a number of his team-mates coming over to calm him down while sporting director Oliver Ruhnert even had to speak to him.

Union Berlin's on-loan striker David Datro Fofana
Fofana had another frustrating match against Napoli on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

Fofana has now apologised to Fischer, his team-mates and supporters for his reaction to being subbed off and says he was just desperate to help the team try and get back into the match.

‘Following my behaviour during my exit from the field, I wanted to apologise to the club, the coach, my team-mates and the supporters,’ said the young striker on social media.

‘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.’

Union Berlin boss Fischer played down the incident afterwards, saying: ‘There will be a talk. But I find it strange that this is the first question I get after such a great game from us.’

Fofana is still waiting for his first goal involvement and thought he had finally bagged an assist against Napoli after an excellent run down the right wing, only for the move to be pulled back for an offside.

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