The German Football League (DFL) have today fined Borussia Dortmund €75,000 for breaking the league’s coronavirus regulations following Saturday’s win against Schalke.
“It’s out of question that the Revierderby is a special match. In spite of that, the club is responsible to control the compliance with the regulations,” said the DFL.
Footage was posted on social media by several players that showed players not wearing masks and failing to maintain social distancing, as well as fans greeting the team bus with flares upon its return, again with no social distancing in place.
On Monday, Borussia Dortmund released a statement.
“With all the understandable joy of winning the derby, there were public violations of the Coronavirus rules during the team’s return to the training ground last night, which will not be tolerated.
“Around 150-200 fans cheered the team outside the training ground, some of whom were not wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines. Players celebrated with the fans – without leaving the bus – and in the exuberance some even filmed it.
“We can only apologise and promise to talk to the police and all those involved very soon about how such scenes can be completely ruled out in public in future.”