Former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, currently with Montpellier, has been suspended by the club following a heated altercation with manager Michel Der Zakarian during a training session on Tuesday.
Sakho, a 33-year-old French defender, is now under investigation by the club, and his future with Montpellier hangs in the balance.
According to reports by L’Equipe, the incident unfolded when Sakho, frustrated by a decision made by Der Zakarian during training, left the pitch. Der Zakarian allegedly told him that the training session was “not à la carte,” further provoking Sakho. Witnesses reported that Sakho grabbed Der Zakarian by the collar and knocked him to the ground.
Fortunately, quick intervention by players and staff prevented the situation from escalating further. In response to the incident, Montpellier suspended Sakho, and he is set to face a disciplinary hearing within the next week.
Sakho was reportedly informed of his suspension on Wednesday morning, which led to his exclusion from the team’s regular training activities. If Montpellier’s internal investigation finds Sakho guilty of serious misconduct, he could face dismissal from the club.
Mamadou Sakho, known for his time in the Premier League with Liverpool and Crystal Palace, joined Montpellier in 2021. However, this recent confrontation with the team’s manager has cast doubts on his future with the Ligue 1 outfit.