Borussia Dortmund have released a statement condemning the likes of Erling Haaland for celebrating with supporters following their 4-0 win over rivals Schalke on Saturday.
Haaland – who scored twice against Sevilla in the Champions League last week – bagged another brace to inspire his side to the victory, with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro also on the scoresheet.
After the match a few hundred Dortmund supporters gathered outside the club's training ground to welcome the team when they returned by bus.
There was a visible lack of mask-wearing or social distancing, but despite this the likes of Haaland and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can joined in with the celebrations.
And after the German Football League (DFL) demanded an explanation from Dortmund, the club released a strongly worded statement criticising both players and fans.
"Despite the understandable joy about the derby victory, there were violations of the corona rules in public yesterday evening during the return trip of the team to the training ground, which cannot be tolerated," it read.
"About 150-200 fans celebrated the team outside the training area, sometimes without masks and without keeping their distance.
"Players celebrated with the fans – without leaving the bus – and some of them filmed with exuberance.
"We can only apologize and promise to speak to the police and all those involved as soon as possible about how such scenes can be completely ruled out in public in the future."
It remains to be seen if Dortmund will face punishment for the scenes, but a DFL spokesman told ESPN : "The DFL has instantly contacted Borussia Dortmund and asked the club for a statement at short notice."
It was 20-year-old Haaland who grabbed the headlines again, with one of his goals a stunning scissor-kick.
There is a huge amount of speculation surrounding his future, with rumours suggesting one of Europe's elite clubs could make a mega-money bid for the player in the summer.
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