Sports court activates BVB's suspended sentence

Following the repeated insults against patron Dietmar Hopp by BVB spectators during the Bundesliga match at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 20 December 2019, the DFB Sports Court has activated the suspended sentence imposed against Borussia Dortmund on 2 November 2018. In addition, BVB was fined €50,000 for its supporters' unsportsmanlike behaviour, of which the club can use up to €17,000 for safety and anti-violence measures, which would have to be proven to the DFB by 30 September 2020.

The activation of the suspended sentence means that Dortmund supporters will be banned from all competitive matches in Hoffenheim for the next two seasons. In addition, BVB must compensate Hoffenheim for the reduction in revenues caused by the spectators banned from the away section.

Lorenz: "Activation of the suspended sentence unavoidable"

Hans E. Lorenz, chairman of the DFB Sports Court, said: "The activation of the suspended sentence was unavoidable after the renewed slurs against Dietmar Hopp following the previous judgment of 2 November 2018. However, today's ruling is not a departure from the line taken in recent years to impose fines on unsportsmanlike behaviour by spectators. Banning spectators remains an option for serious exceptional cases, where a fine would be inappropriate."

Dortmund spectators had once again insulted Hoffenheim patron Dietmar Hopp on a massive scale during the Bundesliga match on 20 December 2019 with posters, banners and songs.

Borussia Dortmund has already agreed to the activation of the suspended sentence in light of the exclusion of spectators.


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