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Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has caused uproars with his post as he posted a clip to Facebook showing him breaking social distancing regulations as the Bundesliga attempts to return.
The live video started as Kalou arrived the club’s training ground as Bundesliga teams prepare for the possible resumption of the German top-flight season.
Kalou entered the Hertha locker room and says hello to several players by offering a handshake. He also runs into a teammate, defender Jordan Torunarigha, being tested for Covid-19. The doctor tells him he should not be in the same room during this procedure, but Kalou stayed regardless.
The Ivorian has received a lot of criticisms on social media and has now been suspended Salomon Kalou from first-team training and matches with an immediate effect.
Kalou has deleted the video and made an official apology: “I am sorry if I gave the impression that I am not taking coronavirus seriously,” the 34-year-old said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“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. 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.”