Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has been sacked by Nice for stealing a teammate’s watch.
Hits a headline that really beggars belief, considering the amount of money involved in professional football today.
While their had been rumours of a situation unfolding at Nice, which is managed by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
Those rumours finally came to the forefront today.
French Ligue 1 club Nice oficial terminated the contract of Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted stealing a watch that belonged to teammate Kasper Dolberg.
The watch is apparently worth 62,000 British pounds.
The Danish international forward Dolberg had his watch stolen from the dressing room on 16 September.
The matter was reported to the local police as a theft.
Dolberg a 21-year-old Denmark international only joined Nice this summer, as the clubs big-money signing from Ajax for over 20 million Euros.
Diaby-Fadiga an 18 year old striker, has come up through the ranks at NIce over the last 12 months.
He has also represented his native France at the U18 level too.
In a statement released by the club, through its official channels, the circumstances surrounding the situation was clarified and his termination of employment was confirmed.
The statement read”
“Nice and Lamine Diaby-Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday.”
“Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the changing room, and the subsequent admission of the player.”
“The club decided to cancel its contract with the forward with immediate effect.”
“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour.”
“Behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir [Red and Black] family.”
Diaby-Fadiga will now have to find alternative employment, given the fact he was registered with Nice, his only hope is perhaps another French side is willing to give him a second chance.
The French league operates what they call a joker signing system.
Whereby a club is entitled to sign one player from within the federation outside of the transfer window.
There had been talk this summer of lower-level side Paris FC being interested in him.
🔴 OGC Nice cancel Lamine Diaby Fadiga's contract
— OGC Nice 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@ogcnice_eng) October 1, 2019