Thursday Dec 17, 2020. 13:00
Cameroon international Fabrice Ondoa has been fired by Belgian top-flight club KV Oostende after violating coronavirus measures.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper hosted a lockdown party in the Belgian city of Ostend where ten of Ondoa’s guests violated all Covid-19 procedures and “verbally harassed” the police.
Oostende released the following statement indicating that Ondoa ignored the Belgian government’s order amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“KV Oostende has terminated Fabrice Ondoa’s contract with immediate effect because of organizing and attending a lockdown party,” a club statement read.
“During the night from Saturday to Sunday, the Ostend police were called up because of noise nuisance in the apartment building of Fabrice Ondoa in the Koningsstraat.”
“It turned out to be a lockdown party in which ten people violated all corona measures. When the police arrived, they were also verbally harassed by the revellers and 11 police reports were drawn up.”
Oostende executive president Gauthier Ganaye slammed Ondoa when speaking on the club’s official website.
“As a football club, we cannot tolerate such selfish and irresponsible behaviour,” Ganaye said.
“We are relieved that we have not had any covid contamination so far and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way.
“That is why we always remind our players of their duties and they also assume their responsibility. The corona protocols are strictly adhered to,” he added.
“KVO as a club is above the individual and given the seriousness of these facts, we therefore feel compelled to initiate the dismissal procedure against Fabrice Ondoa.”
Ondoa, who started his professional career at Spanish giants FC Barcelona, joined Oostende on a four-year deal in 2018.
He has played 44 international matches for Cameroon.