Gladbach - Hoffenheim

Germany: Bundesliga
Gladbach L. Stindl (Pen. 34), M. Thuram (79)
Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK1-2
Hoffenheim A. Kramarić (75), R. Sessegnon (86)

Spitting incident will likely earn Marcus Thuram long suspension

By Peter Vice

Borussia Mönchengladbach cannot escape controversy when it comes to the DFB's rules concerning unsportsmanlike conduct.

One day after Christoph Kramer was cleared by the FA's disciplinary committee, Marcus Thuram will likely incur a multi-match ban following another spitting incident in the Saturday fixture. 

Marcus Thuram.
Marcus Thuram.Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

On Friday it was confirmed, after review, that Christoph Kramer did not spit in the face of prone opponent Sebastian Rode Gladbach's Tuesday fixture. After opening an investigation on Thursday, the DFB control committee announced that they had found "no evidence of unsportsmanlike conduct."

The video evidence from Borussia Park on Saturday, however, will not require any additional review. Gladbach's Marcus Thuram clearly spat in the face of opponent Stefan Posch in the 77th minute of the home side's 1-2 loss to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Match official Frank Willenborg was immediately alerted to the incident by the video review team. A quick VAR check confirmed that Thuram received a straight red card.

Evidence of such a damning and unsavory nature will likely earn Thuram a ban of up to seven fixtures. Schalke's Ozan Kabak missed five games earlier this season after a much less flagrant incident.

1Yann Sommer
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
19Valentino Lazaro
6Christoph Kramer
32Florian Neuhaus ↩83
7Patrick Herrmann ↩74
13Lars Stindl (C) ↩88
10Marcus Thuram
36Breel-Donald Embolo
21Tobias Sippel
16Ibrahima Traoré ↪88
3Michael Lang
17Oscar Wendt
24Tony Jantschke
40Andreas Poulsen
8Denis Zakaria ↪83
11Hannes Wolf ↪74
22László Bénes
1Oliver Baumann (C)
38Stefan Posch ↩79
22Kevin Vogt
6Håvard Nordtveit
17Ryan Sessegnon
8Dennis Geiger ↩46
11Florian Grillitsch ↩85
29Robert Skov ↩71
27Andrej Kramarić
14Christoph Baumgartner
19Ishak Belfodil ↩71
12Philipp Pentke
9Ihlas Bebou ↪71
10Moanes Dabour ↪71
23Sargis Adamyan ↪85
15Kasim Nuhu
25Kevin Akpoguma ↪79
32Melayro Bogarde
16Sebastian Rudy ↪46
20Mijat Gaćinović

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