Why Aboubakar Kamara's penalty petulance is not the end of his Fulham career
The biggest flashpoint in Fulham’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town was sadly not Aleksandar Mitrovic’s winning goal, but the penalty fiasco that came before the last-minute strike.
Aboubakar Kamara deserves severe punishment after his decision to take the penalty ahead of the designated player, yet it would be absurd to suggest the French attacker has no future at Fulham.
Fulham were awarded a vital penalty just over five minutes before the final whistle, with Kamara’s flick hitting a Huddersfield defender on the arm.
With the match scoreless, it was a situation fraught with tension, and Kamara immediately sprinted to grab the ball and square up for the penalty.
It was a great show of ambition, exactly the confidence you want to see from a penalty taker.
The only problem? Mitrovic was the designated penalty specialist, not Kamara. And despite the protestations of Mitrovic himself, Claudio Ranieri, the coaching staff, Tom Cairney, and the crowd, Kamara refused to relinquish the ball — and promptly missed the spot-kick.
As Ranieri made clear after the match, Kamara showed blatant disrespect for the club with his penalty petulance and shocking disobedience of orders. In a game where Fulham simply needed to win, a kerfuffle over a penalty is the last thing the Whites needed in a high-pressure situation.
Kamara should public apologise and deserves a fine or perhaps a temporary exile from the starting lineup.
But this incident does not spell the end of the Frenchman’s Fulham career.
At the end of the day, Kamara’s actions can be classified as a fit of misguided passion — the winger was doing all he could to win the match for Fulham, regardless of the appropriateness of his decision.
Aboubakar Kamara is a mercurial player whose actions are sometimes inexcusable and unexplainable. But in all, he is a footballer who truly cares about the Fulham cause and has much to offer the Cottagers in their bid for survival, and his time is far from done in SW6.