Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou suspended by Hertha Berlin after being filmed disobeying coronavirus lockdown measures


Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has been suspended ‘with immediate effect’ by Hertha Berlin after filming himself singing a ‘corona song’ and breaking social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kalou was also captured on video interrupting teammate Jordan Torunarigha’s test and shaking hands with other squad members on Monday.

Salomon Kalou’s reckless and unnecessary actions have resulted in him being suspended by Hertha Berlin

Facebook/Salomon Kalou

Salomon Kalou’s reckless and unnecessary actions have resulted in him being suspended by Hertha Berlin
Salomon Kalou sings ‘corona song’, ignores social distancing rules and moans about pay cuts in shock video

Kalou appeared to make light of the global health crisis – which has already claimed over 250,000 lives – during the live video on Facebook.

The Ivory Coast international, who also complained about pay cuts during the shameful episode, has outraged his employers who have issued him with an immediate suspension from club duties.

A Hertha statement read: “Salomon Kalou was tempted by his negative test results to greet the other players in the dressing room, sometimes with a handshake, contrary to the clear announcements made by health authorities.

“With his ‘Corona Song’, Kalou gave the impression that he is not aware of the extent of the ongoing pandemic.

“With this video taken inside the team’s dressing room, Kalou broke clear internal rules and displayed a behaviour, which is neither appropriate for this current situation, nor reflective of the code of conduct of Hertha BSC.

“The club has therefore made the decision to suspend the player in question from training and matches with immediate effect.”

Kalou disrupted Jordan Torunarigha’s coronavirus test

Facebook/Salomon Kalou

Kalou disrupted Jordan Torunarigha’s coronavirus test

The former Chelsea striker was also pictured shaking hands with his teammates

Facebook/Salomon Kalou

The former Chelsea striker was also pictured shaking hands with his teammates

General manager Michael Preetz added: “With his video, Salomon Kalou has not only done a great deal of damage to Hertha BSC, but also created the impression that individual players are not taking the issue of coronavirus seriously, in a time of great discussion on the resumption of football and the role of the professional game.”

In a statement on the club’s official website, Kalou apologised for his ill-judged actions.

The 34-year-old, who spent six seasons at Stamford Bridge, said: “I’m sorry if I gave the impression that I’m not taking coronavirus seriously. I want to apologise for this.

“The reality is the exact opposite, because I’m really worried about the people of Africa, because health systems aren’t as good there as they are in Germany.

“I didn’t really think it through, and was excited that my tests came back negative.

“I would also like to apologise to all those who appeared in the video who didn’t know that I was broadcasting live and whom I didn’t want to bring into this situation.”

Give COVID-19 the red card

The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…

STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.

The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

A statement from the DFL, the German league body, added: “The pictures of Salomon Kalou from the Hertha BSC dressing room are absolutely unacceptable.

“There can be no tolerance for this – also with regard to players and clubs that adhere to the guidelines because they have grasped the seriousness of the situation.”

Clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have reported for COVID-19 tests as the Bundesliga attempt to get the season up back up and running later this month after lockdown measures in Germany were eased.

Ten individuals connected to clubs in the top two divisions were found to be COVID-19 positive during the first round of testing.

A decision on whether the DFL’s plans to resume group training meet with government approval is expected on Wednesday, with the Bundesliga now not likely to resume until May 16 at the earliest.