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‘Sexist’ footballer made to referee girls’ match

A German footballer who told a female referee "women have no place in men's football" during a second division match could find himself officiating a girl's game as part of his punishment.

'Sexist' footballer made to referee girls' match
Kerem Demirbay. Photo: DPA

Fortuna Düsseldorf's Kerem Demirbay had to apologise to German FA (DFB) referee Bibiana Steinhaus for his comments immediately after she sent him off for a second yellow card late in his side's 2-1 win at FSV Frankfurt last weekend.

“I have apologised to Mrs Steinhaus in person and I am very pleased she accepted my apology,” he said, having scored both goals on Sunday.

Bibiana Steinhaus. Photo: DPA

The DFB are investigating the incident, but Demirbay's club has already suggested an unusual punishment.

“It would be a good thing, if he really wants to prove his true opinion of women, if he goes to a girls' football match — as a referee,” said Fortuna's interim CEO Paul Jaeger.

Demirbay, 22, took to Facebook to publicly apologise to the 36-year-old Steinhaus, who officiated the 2011 women's World Cup final when Japan beat the USA in a penalty shoot-out, and also refereed the 2012 Olympic final in London.

“I am extremely sorry for what I said to Mrs Steinhaus. I should have never said this sentence, because it is not what I think of women,” wrote Demirbay.

UKRAINE

German football club ends partnership with Russia’s Gazprom

German football club Schalke 04 announced Monday it had prematurely ended its partnership with Russian gas giant Gazprom following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

German football club ends partnership with Russia's Gazprom

The deal between the second-tier German club and Gazprom had been due to run until 2025 with Schalke receiving around €9 million ($10 million) per year in sponsorship.

Had the Gelsenkirchen-based club won promotion back to the Bundesliga at the end of this season, the sponsorship figure would have risen to €15 million annually.

Schalke had already removed the Gazprom logo from their shirts for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Karlsruhe.

In a statement, Schalke said their finances were “unaffected by this decision”.

“The club’s management is confident that it will be able to present a new partner in the near future.”

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Gazprom representative Matthias Warnig resigned from the club’s supervisory board last Thursday.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, interim president of the German Football Association (DFB), had already hinted there could be financial aid for Schalke if they split from Gazprom.

“If this requires the solidarity of other clubs in Germany to get them out of this situation, then we have to discuss how we can manage that,” Watzke told ZDF.

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