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Senegalese star fined for missing penalty for Club Brugge

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/11/2019

Senegal International Mbaye Diagne has been fined after missing a penalty in Club Brugge midweek Champions League 1-0 loss against Paris Saint Germain at Le Parc des Princes.

The 28-year-old coming on a substitute to replace Nigerian U23 striker David Okereke in the 60th minutes as the Galatasaray on loan star was fouled by Thiago Silva in the 74th minute but his tame spot-kick was easily saved by Ligue 1 holders keeper Keylor Navas.

Club Bruges Coach Philippe Clement explained the punishment was because Hanas Vanaken was the designated penalty taker and not Diagne as told the press conference on Friday: "He'll not appear in my selection for our league match in Antwerp on Sunday," 

"It was a dumb mistake. A mistake that had consequences for the result and we are all very cross about it,” he told a news conference on Friday.

"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.”

Clement said a strong punishment was needed and that Diagne’s future at the club would depend on his reaction in the coming weeks. He is on loan from Galatasaray.

"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.”

Clement also told reporters that it was wrong to criticise Vanaken for not insisting on taking the kick.

"Some have suggested he didn’t want to accept the responsibility but he told Diagne not to take the kick," Clement said.

"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 coach added.

Club Bruges are currently third behind PSG and Real Madrid in Champions League Group A with just two points but are leading the Belgian top flight.

Diagne has featured in six of Bruges' 13 league games so far this season, netting four goals.

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