Dortmund (dpa) – You really can’t speak of simple working conditions at Borussia Dortmund this season. The fuss about coach Lucien Favre has just subsided, and there is trouble again, especially about Jadon Sancho.
BVB top scorer and teammate Manuel Akanji were fined an unknown amount by the German Football League on Friday for violating the hygiene concept during the coronavirus pandemic.
This week, photos of home barber visits to social networks and other media had searched for vertebrae. Apparently Sancho, Akanji, Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel, among others, received a visit from a hairdresser and thereby violated the DFL hygiene concept. Both the player and the scene hairdresser without a protective mask posed in the photos. It is “out of the question that professional footballers also have to have their hair cut. However, this must currently be done in accordance with the medical-organizational concept,” complained the DFL. Akanji and Sancho can file a complaint within five days.
Before the Bundesliga top game against Hertha BSC on Saturday (6.30 p.m.), non-sporting issues once again determine what is going on in Dortmund. Borussia and coach Favre against Hertha and their new successful coach Bruno Labbadia should consolidate the new season goal second place, otherwise the mood against the Swiss should come up again. “We are currently second and would also like to finish there in the end,” said sports director Michael Zorc.
Even a point against the strong Berliners, who are still undefeated under the responsibility of Labbadia and scored ten points from four games with 11: 2 goals, could not be enough. With a clear victory against the last Paderborn, Leipzig could otherwise pass BVB. As a precautionary measure, it seems that Favre will get support from Labbadia before the game. “Lucien Favre is doing an outstanding job,” said the new Hertha coach. “If you see the point cut – but also how they play football.”
Not everyone sees it that way in the BVB environment. The fact that the championship after the 0: 1 against Bayern is also decided in the opinion of the BVB leadership, gnaws at those responsible. Up until 6: 1 at Pentecost in Paderborn, rumors arose that Favre could not be kept after the end of the season. Another win against Hertha would bring more calm. Labbadia makes itself small despite the run of his team. “Borussia is equipped with individuals who have something extraordinary. Many can decide a game on a single action,” said the 54-year-old.
However, these individual experts are causing grief again in Dortmund. “We spoke to the players again very clearly and explained to them very clearly how they should behave. We also spoke to the hairdresser. I don’t understand why you have to take photos of them,” Zorc complained . The club was on the defensive mainly because of Sancho’s participation. In October, the 20-year-old Englishman ignored a change of dates after an international match and came back one day late. This earned him an internal team suspension for the first leg against Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It’s about team hygiene,” Zorc said at the time.
At the end of November, Sancho probably missed a meeting and only had to be on the bench in the Champions League at FC Barcelona – after his substitution, he scored to 1: 3. His mistakes are reminiscent of the escapades of the former BVB stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (now at Arsenal) or Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).
Dortmund are more lenient with Sancho. Because of its age. And because of his skill. “I can’t control everything,” said Favre of the recent hairdresser incident. “He is young, we were all young, 18, 19 or 20 years old. But he shouldn’t do that, that’s for sure.” Sancho is the third-best scorer in the league with 17 goals and the best scorer (34) – ahead of Bavaria’s superstar Robert Lewandowski (33). Simply doing without Sancho is forbidden, as long as he doesn’t really afford anything serious. Especially since the young star could also give Dortmund a huge transfer fee. There had only recently been rumors about Real Madrid’s interest in the top talent.