Why Borussia Dortmund suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Champions League match

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There was a lot of confusion just minutes before Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League after news broke that the German side's star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would not be involved.

The reason? Well, initially no one was really sure but it immediately prompted fresh transfer speculation about his future at the club.

And manager Thomas Tuchel's explanation didn't really shed any more light on the matter but he did confirm the Gabon international had indeed missed out through a club suspension.

"It was very difficult to do without him," Tuchel said after the game.

"But it was that I had no choice. The decision was made yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon. In the next game, he will be back.

"But, internal reasons means internal. I do not account for speculation."

Unfortunately for the Dortmund boss, it hasn't taken long for those 'internal reasons' to be leaked. It has now been revealed why Aubameyang was forced to watch his team from the stands and was inadvertently mocked for wearing an outfit not too dissimilar from Inspector Gadget (see below).

According to The Mirror, the 27-year-old took an unsanctioned trip to Milan on Monday, just two days before Dortmund's crunch European tie against Sporting.

Aubameyang returned to the city where he started his career and attended a fashion party with friends at the Hotel Villa Borghi in Varese.

As a result, he was told by Dortmund officials that he must attend the club's Champions League game on Wednesday but would not be participating in the action.

It is understood the striker - who has already scored 10 goals this season - will return to the squad for this weekend's Bundesliga match against Hamburg and will not face any further punishment.

Even without their Gabonese talisman, Tuchel's side qualified for the next stage of the competition through Adrian Ramos' first-half header.

Results elsewhere mean the German side now top Group F ahead of Real Madrid and will want to seal an easier draw in the round of 16 with maximum points from their last two games.

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