Kalou get suspended over handshake video

“Hertha BSC has therefore decided to suspend him from training and playing with immediate effect.”

It added: “Salomon Kalou was tempted by the negative test results to greet his teammates in his dressing room, sometimes with a handshake, contrary to the clear announcements of the hygiene officer,” it added.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz said that Kalou had caused the club “a great deal of damage” and “created the impression that individual players are not taking the corona issue seriously.”

Preetz said the club had “intensively” explained hygiene and distance rules to all its employees.

Former Chelsea, Lille and Feyenoord forward Kalou, who has made around 90 appearances for Ivory Coast, apologised.

“I did not really think about it and I was glad that our tests were all negative,” he said, adding that he was particularly concerned about the coronavirus situation in Africa.

“I would also like to apologise to those shown in the video who did not know that I was broadcasting live and whom I did not want to put in such a situation”