Roma’s Radja Nainggolan benched as punishment for drunk New 12 months’s Eve video


<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/players/radja-nainggolan/" data-ylk="slk:Radja Nainggolan">Radja Nainggolan</a> during a game between <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/teams/roma/" data-ylk="slk:Roma">Roma</a> and Juventus. He has been dropped for Saturday’s game against <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/teams/atalanta/" data-ylk="slk:Atalanta">Atalanta</a>. (Getty)
Radja Nainggolan throughout a recreation between Roma and Juventus. He has been dropped for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Atalanta. (Getty)

Roma has benched Radja Nainggolan for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Atalanta as punishment for movies the Belgian midfielder posted to Instagram on New 12 months’s Eve.

Nainggolan has since deleted and apologized for the video, which featured him smoking, ingesting, cursing and setting off fireworks.

(Warning: Movies embrace drug use and NSFW language, although not in English)

Nainggolan’s public partying – effectively, personal, however made public by his personal posting to social media – apparently violated membership guidelines. Consequently, he’s successfully been suspended by Roma for one recreation.

Roma supervisor Eusebio Di Francesco started his Friday information convention with a proof.

“Earlier than you ask me about Radja, I’ll inform you about it,” he mentioned. “Given the membership’s insurance policies, and these are fully shared by me, and shared and accepted — and I repeat the phrase ‘accepted’ — by the participant, [Nainggolan] is not going to be known as as much as play Atalanta tomorrow.

“That is all the way down to him breaking a sort of conduct which has acquired to be fixed for everyone at AS Roma or anyone who represents AS Roma, who makes decided errors, that are unacceptable. Anyone who makes a mistake, even minimally, can pay in the identical means. That is our coverage. All I’ll say is that Radja is not going to be known as up.”

Di Francesco added: “Radja is aware of what he’s accomplished. Moreover, if anyone comes and takes an image of you doing one thing, that’s one factor, however filming your self doing it’s even worse.”

The morning after the movies appeared, Nainggolan initially tweeted his irritation with Italian media who had lined them as information, writing, “Even on New 12 months’s, all you concentrate on is making the information … joyful new 12 months to all people apart from them … go get a life.”

Roma educated on New 12 months’s Day, and Nainggolan participated. He then issued his apology later within the day.

“I’m sorry about what occurred tonight,” he wrote. “As you realize, I like having enjoyable with my associates and I like celebrating New 12 months… however final evening I went too far. I noticed it as a particular evening the place you’ll be able to exaggerate a little bit…

“I definitely didn’t intend to provide a destructive instance. That is why I really feel I have to apologize for my phrases and my conduct. Forza Roma perpetually…!!!”

Nainggolan has been a key participant for Roma, and completed second within the membership’s participant of the 12 months voting, however has additionally been linked with a transfer to China.

Saturday’s recreation is Roma’s final earlier than the Serie A winter break. Its subsequent – and subsequently Nainggolan’s subsequent – is Jan. 21 at third-place Inter Milan. Roma, in fourth, is 9 factors again of league-leader Napoli, and wishes wins in opposition to each Atalanta and Inter to hold round within the title race.



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