Early Doors

Bologna suspend staff after new signing left at airport

Bologna president Albano Guaraldi has temporarily suspended four of the club’s directors after they forgot about new signing Ibson.

The midfielder, 30, joined the Serie A strugglers from Brazilian side Corinthians, but his first day didn't quite go as planned as he was left stranded at Bologna's Guglielmo Marconi Airport.

"A break down in communication" was the official line given for the mix-up.

However, club president Guaraldi was reportedly furious with members of his staff and has since moved to suspend four individuals for the costly error which left the club, and the player red-faced.

The club’s technical officer, Adrian Polenta, administrative manager, Lucas Befani, and two staff in the communications department will face an investigation following the incident.

Bologna are 17th in Serie A with 18 points, one point and one place above the relegation zone.

(Reuters/Football Italia)