Andres Iniesta‘s club Vissel Kobe have banned a player for a month for leaking team news that the former Barcelona and Spain captain won’t be featuring in a game
According to Mail Online, defender Shunki Takahashi revealed in a text message to a friend that Iniesta would be unavailable for a game against Urawa Reds last month.
The friend, who was reportedly planning to watch the match, had messaged Takahashi before kick-off asking whether the midfielder would play. After being told the news, he then took to Twitter to announce the news on social media allowing local media to pick up the news of Iniesta’s absence.
Takahashi quickly deleted the post, but the news had already been widely shared online.
Vissel Kobe has now banned Takahashi for breaching the club’s internal code of conduct.
‘We sincerely apologise to supporters and everyone concerned for causing inconvenience and worry,’ the Japanese club said in a statement on its website on Friday.