Marcus Thuram sent off for spitting in the face of opponent 1 year ago

Marcus Thuram sent off for spitting in the face of opponent

Thuram could be given a lengthy ban as a result of the incident

Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram is potentially facing a lengthy ban after being sent off for spitting in the face of Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch.

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Thuram, the son of French World Cup winner, Lilian, was shown a straight red card for the incident, which took place 11 minutes before full-time in Saturday's Bundesliga game. Referee Frank Willenborg had initially missed it but, after being advised to review footage on a pitch-side monitor, immediately sent the 23-year-old off.

Gladbach had taken the lead through a 34th minute penalty from Lars Stindl, and had conceded an equaliser to Andrei Kramaric shortly before Thuram's dismissal. Hoffenheim were able to take maximum advantage of their extra man, scoring a winner through Ryan Sessegnon with four minutes left to play.

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The striker's actions have been widely criticised after footage was shared across social media, with many pointing out that they are particularly inappropriate given accelerating Covid-19 infection rates across the continent. Some have called for him to be given a lengthy ban as punishment.

The defeat to Hoffenheim means Gladbach, who will face Manchester City in the last-16 of the Champions League, are winless in the Bundesliga since the end of November. Having drawn three consecutive draws prior to Saturday's loss, they now sit in eighth in the table.