French Ligue 1 club, Nice has ended their relationship with Lamine Diaby-Fadiga.
Diaby-Fadiga was sacked after admitting to stealing a wristwatch belonging Kasper Dolberg’s from the dressing room.
Dolberg joined Nice from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer. According to the French media, the watch was €70,000 (£62,000) and he was very upset that someone stole it.
Recall that the striker reported the matter to the Police. Although Diaby-Fadiga later apologised, the apology was not enough to keep him at the club.
The Ligue 1 club terminated Diaby’s contract in a public statement on Tuesday. “Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the professional first team’s changing room and the subsequent admission of the player, the club decided to cancel its contract with the 18-year-old forward with immediate effect.” The club said.
Nice said such behaviour is unacceptable as it betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees.
“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir [Red and Black] family.”
Diaby apologized via twitter.
Diaby took to twitter to apologize for his actions. He said, “After several days of an unprecedented media storm for me, I have decided to give myself a voice via communication.”
“I would like to, first of all, apologise to the fans and those who love Le Gym. A lot of them supported me and showed me kindness since I made my professional debut, as a youngster from the local region who joined the club when I was 14. Their reactions embody the level of disappointment that they feel towards me and I owe them an explanation.” He added.
“My actions were not taken out of an appetite to gain something from it, but out of disappointment, frustration and feeling discredited. Of course, I am only 18, but my age excuses nothing. I, therefore, owned up to what I had done to Kasper, Mr Fournier, the Director-General of the club, Patrick Vieira, my coach and Dante, my captain. One by one, I apologised to each one of them”. He continued.
“I also took on the responsibility of reimbursing my team-mate fully, which I have now done. I wish him a lot of success at OGC Nice and in his career. Maybe one day we will come across each other on a pitch and this affair will be merely a bad memory.”
“Now, I am leaving the club where I had always wanted to succeed and enjoy myself, which for me is the greatest possible punishment. I thank all those who believed in me. I hope to be able to prove one day that they were right and that I am worth more than what has happened. Redemption for me will come on the football pitch and I now want to concentrate on my passion, football.” He added.
Suitors after Diaby-Fadiga
Diaby-Fadiga rose from the academy of the Ligue 1 club. He played for France U18s, turned professional in 2017; but his career at Nice was cut short because he stole.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports reported that the striker could be back in action as soon as next week. Diaby is a talented player and a lot of teams will be after him.
Also, Ligue 2 side, Paris FC already contacted Diaby and they are expected to sign him as soon as he is officially released by Nice.
Diaby is no longer playing for Nice after being sacked for stealing a watch. However, he is being linked to many clubs but Paris FC is the most promising move for him.
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