French club Nice have confirmed that top player from their Academy Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has been sacked after he admitted to stealing a €70000 watch owned by new signing Kasper Dolberg.
The Ligue 1 club made this disclosure in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
Diaby-Fadiga was regarded as one of the shining lights of their academy and was a promising France Under-18 international, but after making just seven appearances for the top team for a combined 183 minutes without a goal, Diaby-Fadiga now finds himself clubless.
Dolberg had gone to the police over the loss of the watch, which was valued at a reported €70,000 and was taken on September 16.
But the statement released by the club which had not previously commented on the matter, reads: “OGC Nice and Lamine Diaby-Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday.
“Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the professional first team’s changing room, and the subsequent admission of the player, the club decided to cancel its contract with the 18-year-old forward with immediate effect.
“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, OGC Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir family.”
The teenager, who only recently returned to training following ankle surgery, has been linked with a potential move to troubled Ligue 2 outfit Paris FC, who recently added free agent Jeremy Menez to their roster.