Hit With €200,000 Fine
Barcelona have banned French winger Ousmane Dembele from turning off his phone after he arrived two hours late for training.
Coach Ernesto Valverde is trying to rehabilitate Dembele into life at the Nou Camp following a difficult first season at the club. He spent four months on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in September 2017.
Valverde has used Dembele more frequently this season and he is believed to be happy with his evolution on the field. But problems off the field are beginning to dog the player.
Dembele likes to spend his evenings playing video games and watching television, but he has a habit of doing so until the early hours of the morning – and therein lies his problem. He was two hours late for training last Sunday having gone to bed late and switched off his phone. The infringement of the club’s disciplinary rules have led to a €200,000 fine and a ban on switching off his phone.
The fine isn’t the only one Dembele has incurred this week. A civil court in Dortmund has fined him over €20,000 after the landlord of his former home sued him for back-rent and repairs.
Dembele walked out on Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in an attempt to push through his £105million move to Barcelona. He never returned to his former home and was sued for €15,562 in back rent and €5033 towards repairing defects caused during his year-long stay.
Court officials have told ESPN that the writ had to be addressed to FC Barcelona as Dembele didn’t leave a forwarding address.
The France international has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp with Arsenal said to be interested. However, Barca are unlikely to sanction any move in January.