Footballer axed for flashing privates at female employee

A footballer for FC Paderborn has got himself in all sorts of trouble after getting his tackle out in public.

Footballer axed for flashing privates at female employee
Nick Proschwitz. Photo: DPA

FC Paderborn were in enough trouble as it was.

Languishing in the nether regions of the second division of German football, the club hadn’t won a game in seven matches.

But on a team trip to Turkey, the western German club were exposed to a new scandal, when key player Nick Proschwitz flashed his privates in front of a female member of staff.

The incident happened shortly after midnight in the team’s five-star hotel, Bild reports.

Proschwitz, apparently under the influence of alcohol, pulled down his trousers for roughly 20 seconds in front of a female employee of the company which organized the training camp, the mass market tabloid reports.

The team has now taken tough action against the player, with the president suggesting his career with the second-leaguers is now over.

“Nick Proschwitz doesn’t belong to our squad anymore. I looked into the issue and have taken the necessary action,” club president Wilfried Finke told Bild.

“A player who reveals himself in front of a woman in a foreign country will not be tolerated by us,” he added.

Finke previously told the Neue Westfälsiche Zeitung that he “couldn’t see that player wearing the team’s colours again.”

Proschwitz – who spent three years in England with Hull City and Brentford – defended himself by saying “I didn’t have any pants on under my jogging trousers. One of the lads pulled my trousers down – but that was only for a second or so.”

The woman who allegedly was victim to the flashing also criticized media coverage of the incident on Monday.

“At no point was I sexually harassed,” she told news agency Dpa. “The only thing that has harassed me is the false media reports.”

“We barely noticed the fact that a player came into the room, pulled his trousers down and then immediately left,” she added.

In 19 appearances for FC Paderborn this season the 29-year-old Proschwitz had scored five goals.

The club are managed by legendary ex-Bayern Munich captain Steffen Effenberg. But after he took over early in the season, their fortunes have failed to improve.

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

READ ALSO: German football: Which Bundesliga club should I support?

Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 

If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann.