French striker Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has been fired by Ligue 1 club OGC Nice for allegedly stealing Kasper Dolberg’s wristwatch worth £62,000 from the dressing room.
Dolberg, who joined the French club from Ajax in the summer reported the case to the Police on September 16 after discovering that his expensive watch was missing from where he had placed it in the dressing room.
The club then launched investigations and Diaby is said to have confessed to stealing the watch. Nice has now taken a radical action by terminating his contract. The 18-year old forward has been with Nice since he was 13 and has played for France U16, U17, and U18 teams. He has played for Nice’s senior team six times. He has since joined Ligue 2 side on a four-year deal
After several days of an unprecedented media storm for me, I have decided to give myself a voice via a communiqué. I would like to, first of all, apologise to the fans and those who love Le Gym. A lot of them supported me and showed me kindness since I made my professional debut, as a youngster from the local region who joined the club when I was 14. Their reactions embody the level of disappointment that they feel towards me and I owe them an explanation.”
“I proudly wore the club of my childhood’s shirt last season in Ligue 1. I was unfortunately injured for several months and my return to competitive action was further delayed following a red card I picked up whilst playing for the U19s. That affected me mentally and my difficult situation contrasted starkly the success and aura of Kasper, my team-mate. I took it out on him without having any reason to do so, maybe a bit because of jealousy. Instead of trying to battle on the pitch to provide him with competition for places, I reacted stupidly towards him.”
“My actions were not taken out of an appetite to gain something from it, but out of disappointment, frustration and feeling discredited. Of course, I am only 18, but my age excuses nothing. I, therefore, owned up to what I had done to Kasper, Mr Fournier, the Director-General of the club, Patrick Vieira, my coach and Dante, my captain. One by one, I apologized to each one of them. I also took on the responsibility of reimbursing my team-mate fully, which I have now done. I wish him a lot of success at OGC Nice and in his career. Maybe one day we will come across each other on a pitch and this affair will be merely a bad memory.”
“Now, I am leaving the club where I had always wanted to succeed and enjoy myself, which for me is the greatest possible punishment. I thank all those who believed in me. I hope to be able to prove one day that they were right and that I am worth more than what has happened. Redemption for me will come on the football pitch and I now want to concentrate on my passion, football.”
Nice sack Diaby-Fadiga following Dolberg watch theft
The France Under-18 striker has had his contract cancelled by the Ligue 1 side after admitting his role in the heist
Nice have confirmed that they have sacked promising forward Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted to st… pic.twitter.com/QHEgtSYtaB
— dolcify (@OfficialDolcify) October 1, 2019
Lamine Diaby-Fadiga will be released from his contract with Nice and allowed to join Ligue 2 strugglers Paris FC, according to L'Equipe.
Kasper Dolberg and Nice are set to withdraw their complaint to police after he privately admitted stealing the Dane's watch.
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 1, 2019
Lamine Diaby-Fadiga Sacked by Nice After Stealing Teammate Kasper Dolberg’s £62k Rolex Watch pic.twitter.com/E59cu8PQb1
— Lantan Sport (@Lantansport) October 1, 2019
OGC Nice player Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has been released from the club after admitting stealing team-mate Kasper Dolberg's £62,000 watch which went missing from a changing room last month.
Diaby-Fadiga has since apologised to Dolberg and agreed to repay the money. pic.twitter.com/jFrB9pXuyE
— 32Red (@32Red) October 1, 2019