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Club Brugge's Mbaye Diagne Dropped And Fined For Missing Penalty Against PSG

Ryan Sidle

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Club Brugge's Mbaye Diagne Dropped And Fined For Missing Penalty Against PSG

Club Bruges coach Philippe Clement has dropped and fined Mbaye Diagne after the player took and missed a penalty in their 1-0 loss to PSG, despite not being the designated penalty taker.

Diagne came on as a substitute during the Belgian side's loss to the French champions in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

He was fouled in the 74th minute when Thiago Silva tripped him in the box. The striker saw his tame effort from the spot saved by Keylor Navas.

In a press conference on Friday, Clement explained Diagne was being punished because Hans Vanaken is the team's penalty taker, saying, "He'll not appear in my selection for our league match in Antwerp on Sunday.

"And I will decide in coming weeks or months for a possible return to the team. There'll also be a very heavy financial penalty."

Clement really went in on the 28-year-old, who is on loan from fellow Group A side Galatasaray, adding, "It was a dumb mistake. A mistake that had consequences for the result and we are all very cross about it.

"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.

"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.

"He can still have a future with us although it depends on what he shows in the coming weeks."

The manager was far nicer talking about the man who should have taken the penalty, Vanaken, explaining the 27-year-old didn't speak up on the pitch as he didn't want to have an argument publically with his teammate, "Some have suggested he [Vanaken] didn't want to accept the responsibility but he told Diagne not to take the kick.

"But when he realised this was not going to happen, he did not want to get into an argument on the biggest stage in the world. I'm proud of the way Hans dealt with the situation."

The miss leaves Brugge on two points from their first four Champions League games and just one point ahead of Galatasaray as the two sides battle it out for third place in Group A and a place in the Europa League after January.

They meet on Matchday Five and it's fair to say Diagne will be nowhere near penalty duty.

Topics: Belgium, Galatasaray, Ligue 1, PSG, Club Brugge, Champions League, France, Real Madrid

Ryan Sidle
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