This is another followup on one of our Daily Bee stories. On Saturday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated his goal against Schalke by sporting a new mask, a signature celebration of his. With previous instances, management hasn’t cared, because they’ve been non-corporate themes like Batman and Spider Man. This time, though, Management is not happy.
The mask was sponsored by Nike, who have an individual deal with Aubameyang. Rival sportswear company Puma is one of BVB’s main sponsors. Hans-Joachim Watzke made his objections heard when he said earlier:
It can't be that we have to force through the economic interest of Nike in this way. Our partner is Puma.
Bild is reporting that Aubameyang will be fined €50,000 by the club for his infraction. When asked about the situation, Tuchel explained that he really doesn’t want to get involved.
Tuchel: Club bosses will do the talking, I can take the luxury of concentrating on the sporting side of things.— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) April 3, 2017
Despite his indifference, Tuchel still asserted that Aubameyang would be able to take it in stride, and that he doesn’t think it will have a lasting effect on his on-field performance.
Tuchel cont.: he can take it and doesn't let his shoulders drop. His reaction is always strong. He can compartmentalise. The sign of a pro.— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) April 3, 2017
To Aubameyang, €50,000 is probably chump change, so I doubt he’s going to get worked up about it. He’s got a match against Hamburg tomorrow, and I’m sure nothing will make him feel better than a nice hat trick.