Club Brugge of Belgium attacker, Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure was back in action with his club last weekend, following his apology for unruly conduct he unleashed on the squad when he was directed to take another seat on the team bus heading for a continental tie.
However, megasportsarena.com gatheed that, despite his apology for storming off the bus when directed to adjust his sitting spot due to coronavirus restrictions, Bonaventure ended up paying a heavy fine, after which he was restored to The Blue and Black squad.
In the wake of Bonaventure’s return to action with the team last weekend, Club Brugge’s coach, Philippe Clement revealed that the Super Eagles’ rookie was only included in his roster for their Belgian First Division A clash against Excel Mouscron because the case of indiscipline was closed.
This comes after the 23-year-old former Ukraine-based forward was suspended for Brugge’s UEFA Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund of Germany, which his side lost 3-0, after he left the team bus in anger, in protest of being denied his preferred sitting position on the bus.
It was bad patch on an otherwise unblemished scorecard for Bonaventure, who has been with the Jan Breydel Stadium outfit since 2017, when he arrived from Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine and helped Brugge win the league title in 2018 and last season.
Apart from being axed for the clash with Dortmund last week, Bonaventure was also fined for his misconduct, but he was back in action on Saturday for the game away to Mouscron in the Jupiler League, but he could not help his side do better than a goalless draw with their hosts.
The only piece of the headlines he enacted in Saturday’s game was on the negative side, as he got an 87th-minute booking during a largely underwhelming outing for the reigning Belgian champions, who dropped from top spot in the Jupiler League, as KAA Genk went top with a 5-1 thumping of Cercle Brugge earlier on Saturday.
Fellow-Nigerian attacker, David Chidozie Okereke was also in action for Brugge, whose coach revealed that Bonaventure had apologized to the management of the club as well as to him and his teammates, hence their decision to forgive him his misconduct.
Clement, who sent Bonaventure on in the 78th minute, as the visitors desperately sought a game winner against their stubborn hosts, disclosed: “Dennis apologized to the management but also to the players and to myself. He was fined by the club. He is part of the selection for Saturday. For me, this story is over.”