Jadon Sancho was dropped from the Borussia Dortmund squad for their crunch Champions League tie with Barcelona because he was ‘considerably late’ for a team meeting.
The 19-year-old was benched for Wednesday night’s match at the Nou Camp but came on at half-time to score a spectacular consolation goal in Dortmund’s 3-1 defeat.
He was then reprimanded by manager Lucien Favre, who said ‘we need players on the pitch who are focused and ready’ when asked to explain Sancho’s absence.
The England star also told reporters he ‘wasn’t allowed to speak’ following the defeat, which leaves Dortmund’s qualification hopes to hang in the balance.
German newspaper Bild report that Sancho was dropped for disciplinary reasons for turning up late to a team meeting in the hours before the game in Barcelona.
It is just the latest example of the teenager suffering the consequences for poor time-keeping in his young career.
Dortmund trailed 1-0 when Sancho was removed late in the first-half but went on to lose 4-0 and Favre made a point of saying Sancho wasn’t injured in his post-match remarks.