Champions League

Nigerian player Emmanuel Dennis dropped for Champions League game after bus seat row

Emmanuel Dennis missed Club Brugge’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund for storming off the team bus after not being able to sit where he wanted.

The 23-year-old Nigerian stormed off the bus after being told he was not allowed to sit in his preferred seat due to social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said, and he did not make the trip to Germany.

Brugge have placed strict measures on the team bus amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the game, Brugge manager Philippe Clement said that Dennis was fit but unavailable for selection due to disciplinary reasons.

“He didn’t follow the club’s rules, that’s all I want to say about that… I prefer to concentrate on the players who are available to me,” Clement added.

Dennis, who joined Brugge in 2017, scored twice in their 2-2 Champions League draw at Real Madrid last season.

He also netted in the Belgian club’s victory over Zenit St Petersburg in their opening group match in Europe’s elite club competition this season.

Dortmund thumper Clube Brugge 3-1 at the Signal Iduna Park to go five points clear of third place and a point ahead of second-placed Lazio, who beat Zenit Saint Petersburg 3-0 on Tuesday.

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