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Bakayoko’s weak excuse for being ‘over an hour late’ to Milan training

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That’s the best you could come up with?

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Tiémoué Bakayoko’s loan spell in AC Milan appears to be coming to a rather sad end, both on and off the pitch. On the pitch, Milan’s results have not been good enough lately, putting pressure on the head coach and dropping them out of the top four. Finishing in the top four has been claimed repeatedly throughout the season to be a requirement for Milan exercising their buy-option on the Chelsea loanee.

Meanwhile, Bakayoko has become the target of serious racial abuse, most notably by fans of SS Lazio, which had him questioning his own desires to stay and play in the country.

And then, yesterday, he was over an hour late to training, causing a massive overreaction from head coach Gennaro Gattuso to sequester the team away in “punitive training” until Monday. Bakayoko has also been fined for his unprofessional behavior, which apparently has become rampant throughout the squad (or at least perceived to be by the coaching and technical staff).

Today, Calciomercato (via Football Italia) contacted Bakayoko’s representatives for comment, and the best excuse they could come up with for his extreme tardiness was that he “ran out of fuel” as he was driving to training ... which apparently he doesn’t do very often?

But okay, that happens to everyone (not really, but let’s be nice) ... but surely, he has a mobile phone or two to either call for help (tow truck; entire entourage at his beck and call, etc) and also call up someone on the team (preferably the head coach with whom he claims to have a great relationship) and let them know that he’s probably going to be late?

I mean ... where’s the common sense? (Alternatively, do try to come up with a better excuse next time.)