Borussia Dortmund fined after players celebrate win on bus

February 23, 2021
Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham celebrates at the end of the German Bundesliga soccer match against  FC Schalke 04  in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday, February 20.
Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham celebrates at the end of the German Bundesliga soccer match against FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday, February 20.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) :

Borussia Dortmund was fined EU75,000 for breaking German football's social-distancing rules after players celebrated a win over a fierce rival inside the team bus.

Videos published on social media following the 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday showed players celebrating together as the bus passed a crowd of Dortmund fans cheering on the street. The club estimated the bus was greeted by 150 to 200 fans near the Dortmund training centre when the team returned from the game.

The league said yesterday that Dortmund was fined because "players celebrated the win in the derby in the team bus without distancing and without covering the mouth and nose".

Dortmund said it accepted the fine. The club apologised on Sunday for the celebrations, saying it would speak "with the police and with everyone involved" about how best to prevent similar scenes in the future.

Dortmund and Schalke have a long-standing rivalry. The win for Dortmund also marked a turnaround after one win from its previous six league games. Dortmund is sixth in the Bundesliga.

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