HSV’s Jarolim handed ban for ‘genital squeeze’ foul

Czech international David Jarolim has been slapped with a four-match ban by Bundesliga disciplinary chiefs after he was ruled to have squeezed an opponent's genitals.

HSV's Jarolim handed ban for 'genital squeeze' foul
Jarolim surveys his grip on the situation. Photo: DPA

The decision follows Hamburg’s 1-1 draw with Bielefeld last Saturday, during which the Hamburg midfielder was shown the red card.

The 28-year-old Czech reacted physically to being verbally abused by two Bielefeld players who had accused him of taking a dive to win a free kick. Jarolim said he had been insulted by Markus Schuler before striking out.

The Czech is linked with HSV till 2010 but has now threatened to leave Germany, claiming he is the victim of a hate campaign.


Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.