For the Wolfsburg match coming up, it will be a bit quieter in the Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund announced today that they have accepted punishment from the German FA over offensive banners during the recent match with Leipzig. The Südtribüne was filled with anti-RBL banners, with some taking quite an aggressive tone.
BVB akzeptiert Strafantrag des DFB-Kontrollausschusses. https://t.co/Boq8bkn4kt pic.twitter.com/v3oNtgrRLb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 13, 2017
The punishment takes the form of a partial stadium ban. So there will be no fans on the famous Yellow Wall when BVB take on Wolfsburg this weekend.
There were also ugly scenes outside the ground, as a small group of Dortmund “fans” attacked RBL supporters attending the match. But the German FA was unable to sanction BVB for the events outside the ground, so this ban is only a result of the banners from the Leipzig match.
Whether you agree with the ban or not, at least it is only for one match. Dortmund should still be able to beat a 14th placed Wolfsburg side.
But as we all know from this season, being favored against a team doesn’t automatically mean victory. In fact, during this campaign it has often meant the opposite.