Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc is remaining coy over Jason Sancho and the subject of him travelling back to England without club permission during lockdown.
The England winger made headlines for all the right reasons at the weekend, scoring his first professional hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Paderborn and making a stand against racism with his George Floyd tribute.
The victory over the Bundesliga’s bottom side was the first start for the 20 year-old since the resumption of football in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sancho has been struggling with a calf issue since football’s return, but German media claims he travelled back to England early during lockdown without club permission.
That revelation comes as pictures were also posted online of 20-year-old Sancho having his haircut with team mates without using the recommended face mask - which have been a pre-requisite in Germany.
Barber Winnie Nana Karkari told Bild: "I only removed the mask for the photo, otherwise all hygiene measures were followed exactly. I disinfected every machine in front of every customer, always cut with gloves regardless of Corona - and I am very, very picky.”
Now Zorc has had his say, but wouldn’t deny Sancho had returned home without club knowlege.
He told reporters: “To our knowledge Jadon has been in Dortmund for weeks.
"I even read that we have put him into a two-week long quarantine and faked an injury. I can only say that is completely wrong.
"Jadon has had a calf injury for weeks, which is why he could not participate in training."
On what he said to Sancho regarding the haircut, Zorc added: "We have spoken to both the hairdresser and the player.
"Both have ensured us that the measures of hygiene have been respected at all times.
"They even wore a protection shield and gloves, which were only taken off for the picture.
"Obviously this is not right. We have made that clear once again to the players.
"In this special situation that we are all in due to Covid-19 it is not just the duty of the coaches to keep an eye on discipline. The whole club needs to do that, this includes the board.
"We have spoken to the players in the past. Also with Jadon. We must not forget Jadon is still a very young player, testing his boundaries.
"I don't think I'm accused of protecting him all the time, as I have sanctioned him when there have been misconducts from his side."
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