Juventus Football Club has fined midfielder Paul Pogba for reportedly arriving late for a team meeting, according to club director Francesco Calvo.
As a disciplinary measure, Pogba was dropped from the Juventus team that secured a win over SC Freiburg in the UEFA Europa League.
In a statement, Calvo confirmed that the decision to fine Pogba and leave him out of the team was the correct one, stating that players, especially the most important ones, must respect the rules.
“It’s a pleasure to play a European fixture like this one and we’ll put in full commitment. It’s hard for the team to find motivation and understand what they are playing for. It’s crucial to remain united and fight for the game,” he said.
Pogba’s second spell at Juventus has not been as successful as his first, with the midfielder having played only 34 minutes of football since his return to the club last summer.
Calvo also revealed that Juventus have appealed a 15-point deduction imposed by the Italian Football Federation for financial irregularities and are awaiting judgment.
The decision to discipline Pogba comes amid a challenging season for Juventus, who currently sit in seventh place in the Serie A table. The club will be hoping that their victory over SC Freiburg can provide a much-needed boost as they aim to climb the table and challenge for silverware.