Club Brugge striker Mbaye Diagne has been fined and dropped after he missed a penalty that he was not supposed to take in the Belgian club’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Paris St Germain, ABC News can report.
The striker got up off the turf after being fouled by Thiago Silva in the 74th minute at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday and took the kick himself, instead of designated penalty taker Hans Vanaken.
The Senegalese has been heavily criticised for his ‘feeble effort’ which was saved by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Club Bruges coach Philippe Clement explained the punishment was because Diagne disregarded the Club’s internal protocols and ended up costing the team a valuable point, leaving them with just two points from four matches in Group A.
Consequently, the 28-year-old striker has been fined and left out of the squad for Sunday’s Belgian league encounter at Antwerp and coach Philippe Clement said he was yet to decide whether Diagne would play for the club in the future.
“It was a dumb mistake. A mistake that had consequences for the result and we are all very cross about it,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“This sort of incident leads to emotions and there was a confrontation in the changing room after, but it was verbal and not physical. Diagne realised he made a mistake and did not argue back.”
Clement said a strong punishment was needed and that Diagne’s future at the club would depend on his reaction in the coming weeks.
“We have had disciplinary incidents at this club in the past and players have been given a second chance. It is now up to Diagne to show that he accepts and understands the norms and values of our club,” the coach said.
Diagne is on loan from Galatasaray and has featured in six of club Brugge’s 13 league games so far this season netting four goals.