Zakaria Aboukhlal (23) of Toulouse FC is at the heart of two separate controversies and is currently training separately from his team-mates. Foot Mercato are now reporting that the Coupe de France winners want to sell the Morocco international this summer, and the player himself is keen to leave.
Aboukhlal refused to take part in Ligue 1’s anti-homophobia campaign over the weekend and so missed Sunday’s 0-0 draw against FC Nantes. Like his teammates Moussa Diarra and Saïd Hamulić, Aboukhlal was dismissed by Toulouse for his refusal.
On Monday, RMC Sport then reported that Aboukhlal had been involved in an altercation with Laurence Arribagé, deputy mayor of Toulouse in charge of sports, during which the first would have said to the second: “Where I come from, women don’t don’t talk to men like that.
Arribagé has since contacted RMC Sport to deny the incident saying: “There is no story.” However, the French publication stayed true to its initial claims. In order to fully investigate the matter, Toulouse have launched an internal investigation, and the player will train separately until further notice.
Foot Mercato report that this will remain the case until the end of the season, when the club and the player will try to find a solution, which will take the form of a departure. The French publication reports that Aboukhlal will leave the club this summer, despite a contract that runs until 2026. The club and the player are aligned in their desire for a divorce.