Dortmund fined for mask-free players party after derby win


Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund on Monday accepted a fine of 75,000 euros ($91,260) after their players broke the German league’s hygiene rules with an impromptu victory celebration on the team bus after last weekend’s derby win against Schalke. 

The German Football League (DFL) issued the fine after footage emerged of Dortmund players celebrating Saturday on the team bus without masks and without observing social distancing rules.

The club quickly accepted the fine having issued an apology on Sunday as Germany has been in lockdown since November amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The DFL took a dim view of the incident after around 200 fans were also allowed to gather outside the club’s training ground to greet the team bus arriving in Dortmund after Saturday’s 4-0 away win. 

“There is no question that the derby is a special game. Nevertheless, the club has the responsibility to control and monitor compliance with the rules,” the DFL said in a statement.

“All matches must be held in compliance with the currently valid medical-hygienic concept, including the arrival and departure” of teams.

Dortmund said they would consult with police and the relevant authorities to stop similar scenes happening in future.

Star striker Erling Braut Haaland netted two goals, including a spectacular volley, while England winger Jadon Sancho also scored in the emphatic win.

30+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch LaLiga, Liga MX & MLS
  • Includes TUDN, GolTV, Univision, beIN SPORTS and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
  • Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
  • Watch LaLiga, Primeira Liga and Copa Libertadores
  • Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $5.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $12.99/mo.)
  • Features Serie A, Bundesliga, FA Cup, EFL & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
  • Starting price: $5.99/mo.
  • Features Champions League, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

One Response

  1. Don Dickerson February 22, 2021

Leave a Reply

Translate »