Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined $10,000 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for publishing “offensive and degrading material” that “dents the image of the African football ruling body.”
The punishment was meted out to the Arsenal star for slamming CAF after being made to feel like a “hostage”, having been forced to sleep in an airport alongside his teammates ahead of the Group D Africa Cup of Nations qualifier versus the Gambia.
“Mr. Pierre Emerick Emiliano Francois Aubameyang has publicly published offensive and degrading material that undermines the honour and image of the Confederation of African Football,” a statement from CAF read.
“In terms of the CAF Statutes & Regulations, in terms of Articles 10, 11, 43.1, 46, 82 of the Disciplinary Code, the Caf disciplinary board decided to impose a fine of 10,000 USD for breach of the values of sportsmanship and integrity on the Gabonese Football Federation for the regrettable behaviour of the player.”
Gabon were billed to play the Gambia in Bakau, but they arrived at the Banjul International Airport late on that Sunday night.
Upon their arrival, the Panthers were delayed at the airport with reports indicating their passports were seized despite providing their coronavirus results to the immigration officers for checks.
Owing to their exasperating ordeal, Aubameyang, who was named African Player of the Year in 2015, took to Instagram in the early hours of that Monday to post videos and photographs, initially of his team-mates lounging around having had their passports taken from them by security.
As the hours passed, the photos started to show the majority of the squad attempting to sleep on the floor of the airport, using their luggage as pillows.
Having arrived at 23:30 local time, Aubameyang began to show his frustration after waiting for three hours, posting a video at 02:31 that was accompanied by a caption that read: “Still waiting to enter Gambia, and we play at 4 pm. Nice.”
Neveu’s side lost the game 2-1 courtesy of goals from Modou Barrow and Musa Barrow at the Independence Stadium.
On a positive side, the Gabonese skipper can challenge this decision before CAF appeal board within the next three days.
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