Striker steals team­mate’s watch, gets sacked

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Nice: Nice have ter­mi­nated the con­tract of 18-year-old striker Lamine Di­aby Fadiga af­ter he ad­mit­ted steal­ing a 70,000-euro ($76,500) watch from team-mate Kasper Dol­berg, the club said 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," Nice said in a state­ment.

"Above and be­yond all sport­ing and fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tion, OGC Nice can­not and will not ac­cept such be­hav­iour."

Di­aby Fadiga, a France Un­der-18 in­ter­na­tional, con­fessed to the theft last week and apol­o­gised to Dol­berg, pledg­ing to fully re­im­burse the Den­mark in­ter­na­tional. The teenager could how­ever find a new club in the com­ing days, with Ligue 2 side Paris FC re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing a move for him.

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