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Schalke striker Rabbi Matondo apologized after wearing a BVB shirt

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16 Jul 2020
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Dortmund and Schalke are arch-rivals in Germany’s Bundesliga, and fans of the Gelsenkirchen club were unhappy that they saw one of their players in the set of one of the star players of Borussia.

Matondo apologizes after wearing a Jadon Sancho’s BVB shirt

Schalke striker Rabbi Matondo apologized after wearing a Borussia Dortmund shirt emblazoned with Jadon Sancho’s name and number during a gym training session after a photo posted online. Dortmund and Schalke are arch-rivals in Germany’s Bundesliga. So fans of the Gelsenkirchen club were unhappy that they saw one of their players in the set of one of the star players of Borussia. Matondo apologized on Instagram, with the 19-year-old said he didn’t want to cause “grief or trouble” to anyone. He wrote: “I am discouraged and disappointed that I let everyone who feels connected with Schalke. I was naive and put the shirt on for private training. The shirt was from my close friend Jadon Sancho. I only wore it for Jadon, and it had nothing to do with Dortmund.

Rabbi and Sancho both moved from Premier League to the Bundesliga

“I did not think about the consequences and that it would annoy many people. There is no excuse for this immature behavior. I can promise every Schalke player that I have identified 100 percent from Schalke from the first day”. The photo was posted online by a gym in Cardiff, where Matondo trained, although it was later removed after an angry online reaction from Schalke fans. Matondo has been a prominent player in the Schalke first-team. Since he moved to Germany from Manchester City in January 2019 on an £8 million deal. Following the path of his friend Sancho from the Premier League club’s academy to the Bundesliga in looking for more opportunities for the first team.

 

In 2019-20, he scored 20 times for Schalke in the Bundesliga, scoring twice. As the side of David Wagner went through a bad season in which they finished 12th. Only eight points above the relegation playoffs.

They were unable to win a single league match after January 17. Putting on a series of bad performances in the second half of the season. Especially after the Bundesliga resumed following the break in the campaign caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The nadir came when they were crushed 4-0 by rivals BVB, which served to deepen the resentment of Schalke fans and creates an even stronger reaction to Matondo’s mistake of judgment.

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