Arsenal’s captain, Aubameyang has been fined £7,500 by the Confederation of African Football after Instagram complaints that he and his Gabon team-mates were held hostage in a Gambian airport for six hours on the day of the Afcon clash.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been fined £75,000 for sharing a post on social media that tarnished the “honor and image” of the Confederation of African Football.
While on international duty, the Gabon international revealed how he and the rest of his team-mates were held at “Banjul Airport in the Gambia for more than six hours overnight after having their passports taken before being allowed into the country of the AFCON qualifiers.
Aubameyang began recording the squad’s situation at 11:30 pm and later on posted images of his team-mates sleeping on their airport floor. Thereafter, he claimed they were made to feel like “hostages” before their clash with Gambia.
The Arsenal star was kind enough to explain how his team-mates were held at the airport until 5:56 am, 12 hours less before their kick-off.
Similarly, he went further to call for the CAF to take responsibility and use the disruption to better themselves.
As a result, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stated Aubameyang’s decision to document the event on social media was “offensive and degrading”.
Additionally, the CAF also fined the Gambia’s FA £75,000 half of which was suspended for 24 months according to their statement that read, ”the Gambian federation did not comply to the loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship values and ruled of fair play concerning the reception of the Gabonese delegation”.