Borussia Dortmund won the Ruhrpott derby against Schalke 04 on Saturday. © APA / afp / LEON KUEGELER
Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has defended the cheers of the BVB players after the derby win against FC Schalke 04.
February 22, 2021
“Just imagine, the team is going home after the triumph, the fans are standing outside cheering and our players are sitting like wax figures inside the bus without facial expressions or gestures. It can’t be, “said the 61-year-old in an interview with Sport1 and added:” Nevertheless, we all have to obey the rules! “
In front of the training grounds of the Dortmund Bundesliga club, there was a gathering of larger fan groups on Saturday evening. After the jubilee celebrations, BVB admitted violations of the corona rules. The players also celebrated on the bus without masks and filmed it “in exuberance”, as the club announced. A video that was temporarily published on Mahmoud Dahoud’s account on Instagram showed Marco Reus, Erling Haaland, Emre Can & Co. cheering fans behind the windshield, who greeted them with Pyro. The players sang BVB songs and chanted “Derby winner”.
The more than ten-minute video was deleted on Sunday night.
“It is important, however, and I would like to emphasize this again at this point, that no player got off the bus and celebrated with the fans,” Watzke now emphasized at Sport1. BVB will accept a penalty from the German Football League and draw its lessons from the case, said Watzke: “We will work through the case and ensure with the police and everyone involved that something like this does not happen again. As Borussia Dortmund, we have a great responsibility. We sincerely apologize for that. “