There have been incidents where a football player has been demoted for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ but the reason behind the demotion of Lyon defender Marcelo turns out to be a fart. As per reports, Brazilian defender Marcelo was demoted to Lyon’s reserve team for literally ‘farting’ in the dressing room and laughing about it with his teammates. The 34-year-old centre-back was mysteriously removed from the first team last summer and the club claimed the decision was motivated by a ‘dressing room incident.’
Following a shocking defeat against Angers back in August last year, in which Marcelo scored an own goal, Lyon later released a statement which read: The inappropriate and not so professional behaviour of Marcelo in the locker room post-match justifies this decision, which was taken unanimously by Olympique Lyonnais’ management team. But in the latest development, a report from L’Equipe via Get French Football News has claimed that Marcelo’s departure was sparked by a fart in the dressing room that provoked laughter from his teammates.
Notably, the Ligue 1 was going through a dark period at that time, and with their declining form, Marcelo’s behaviour didn’t go down well with the management.
At the time of Marcelo’s demotion, the club clearly stated that the player was briefed on this decision by Juninho and Peter Bosz. Olympique Lyonnais’ management reiterates that players must represent professionalism, keep an unwavering mindset and a commitment to quickly return to recording results in line with the club’s attention.
Lyon’s sporting director Juninho Pernambucano decided to remove Marcelo from the squad, the decision which was seemingly approved by the manager Peter Bosz. The Brazilian centre-back was reportedly in talks to sign for Liverpool on deadline day last year, but eventually, the Premier League side decided to bring in Ozan Kabak from Schalke on a session long loan deal.
L’Equipe claimed Jurgen Klopp’s side offered the Brazilian centre-back a six-month deal, but he wasn’t interested. The 34-year-old was then released by Lyon on January 26, 2022, but days later, he joined fellow Ligue 1 club, Bordeaux, on a deal that runs out at the end of the current campaign.