The Nigerian international was sanctioned for misconduct in the middle of the week after getting off the Belgian team bus
Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis received a reprieve from Club Brugge when he returned to action for Belgian heavyweights just days after being punished by the club for a smug outburst that made international headlines.
The 23-year-old was suspended by the Belgian team ahead of their Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund midweek, having gotten off the team bus before the game after he was not allowed to sit in his favorite seat.
The attacker’s smug display was seized upon by the world media, while Brugge opted to suspend the striker for the Dortmund match and fine him for bad behavior. The blue and black were defeated 3-0 by the German giants in UCL action on Tuesday. and their tough week got even worse on Saturday when they drew 0-0 at Mouscron in the Jupiler League. Bruges coach Philippe Clement had confirmed before the match that Dennis had been able to participate, and after being named to the bench, he was introduced in the 78th minute as the visitors were looking for a winner against their stubborn foe.
Ultimately, Dennis was unable to provide the breakthrough, with a booking in the 87th minute his main contribution to a disappointing outing for the reigning Belgian champions.
The tie means Brugge falls from top spot in the Jupiler League, having been displaced in top spot by Genk following their 5-1 win at Cercle Brugge on Saturday.
David Okereke, Youssouph Badji, Clinton Mata and Odilon Kossounou were in action for Brugge, while Jean Onana, Kouakou Koffi and Eddy Gnohere appeared for Mouscron during a contest dominated by African talent.
Dennis’s tough week has been the low point of a testing campaign so far in which he has been unable to find the net in eight Jupiler League outings.
His work in front of goal has made a mockery of some of the expectations set for the forward heading into the campaign, with Dennis linked to European heavyweights such as Arsenal and Internazionale.
A £ 36 million fee was proposed for the attacker, who was also tipped for a transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers, although he eventually remained at Jan Breydel Stadium.
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