Ten days after his verbal blunder against referee Benjamin Brand, Ramy Bensebaini has remorsefully spoken out. He wanted to apologize for his “reaction, which showed a picture of me that I’m not proud of,” wrote the Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach defender on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
After being sent off in the home game against SC Freiburg (0-0) on March 4, the Algerian international insulted the referee on the way to the dressing room. Bensebaini was automatically banned for one game for his yellow-red card before the sports court of the German Football Association (DFB) banned him from another game and fined him 15,000 euros for his derogatory statements.
Bensebaini emphasized that he needed some time to think about what happened: “Football is a sport full of emotions. You want to give everything to win, to win the game on your side. And sometimes you feel in a tough game too treated unfairly in the smallest decisions – especially when you can no longer help your team.”
Even the smallest details can decide the outcome of a game. But no matter how he feels at that moment – it’s “always about taking it professionally,” the 27-year-old continued.
Because of his suspension, Bensebaini, who is also suffering from a thigh injury, will be missing for the Gladbachers next Friday (8:30 p.m. / DAZN) in the home game against newly promoted Werder Bremen.