EXPLAINED: Why Dortmund decided to suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended by Borussia Dortmund because he was caught on his phone during a team meeting, according to reports in Germany.

EXPLAINED: Why Dortmund decided to suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund looks on from the stands during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Clube de Portugal at Signal Iduna Park on November 2, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Gabon international, who was wanted by Manchester City and Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, was surprisingly omitted from Dortmund’s matchday squad for Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Sporting in the Champions League.

Aubameyang, who was scored 10 goals in 13 games for Dortmund this season, was pictured watched his team-mates in the stands at Signal Iduna Park.

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And Bild claim that Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel took the decision to temporarily suspend the striker for using his phone during a pre-match meeting ahead of the game.

So far, Dortmund have only confirmed that the 27-year-old was suspended for ‘internal reasons’.

‘The internal reasons are exactly that, internal,’ Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told ZDF.

‘I will not say anything.

‘But the good thing is he will be fresh against Hamburg. He will be back in the squad against Hamburg.’

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