Bundesliga’s current golden boy Kevin De Bruyne has apologised to a ballboy, after he verbally abused the youngster during Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.
With his side trailing 1-0, the Belgian international, who scored twice in last Friday’s 4-1 victory over the reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern last week, was looking to take a quick throw-in.
Bild reported that the 23-year-old shouted: “Give me the ball, you motherfucker”, when the ballboy failed to throw him it back to him.
“So much of what you hear from Bundesliga players is questionable,” said Eintracht’s Under-16 coach Jürgen Hickert, who has organised ballboys for the senior team for a decade.
“In spite of their money and success they should be role models. [Wolfsburg sporting director] Klaus Allofs said he is a good boy normally. Then he should talk to him about certain practices.”
Bild reported that De Bruyne has since apologised and admitted that he shouted the abuse “in the heat of the moment”. He intends to send a signed shirt to the ballboy in question by way of an apology.