Derailments after derby: seven suspensions and conditional points deduction for Rapid

Following the scrums and sometimes homophobic derailments following the derby, SK Rapid were severely punished.



Rapid worried about start of championship group



Rapid announced its precautions catalog after the scandal

On Monday, the Bundesliga Penal Senate handed down unconditional penalties to all officials and players involved and imposed a conditional three-point deduction on the club. Those affected include managing director Steffen Hofmann, assistant coach Stefan Kulovits, as well as Guido Burgstaller, Marco Grüll, Thorsten Schick, Maximilian Hofmann and Niklas Hedl.

Steffen Hofmann was banned from working for two months

Steffen Hofmann was banned from work for two months for insult (article 111), one month of which was unconditional. Kulovits was sentenced to a three-month suspension from work, one month of which was conditional, due to discrimination (112). Burgstaller and Grüll were banned from six matches (three unconditionally) for discrimination, and Thorsten Schick received a five-match ban (two unconditional) for the same offence. Maximilian Hofmann and goalkeeper Niklas Hedl were suspended for three matches, one of them unconditionally, for violating the principles of fair play (111a). This means Rapid will have to substitute five players in the decisive match to qualify for the championship group on Sunday (17:00) in Klagenfurt, Austria. Captain Burgstaller and striker Grüll will not join Rapid until April.

The three-point deduction for discrimination (112) will be reviewed by March 4, 2026. Justifying the extensive penalties, the Bundesliga said, “The Austrian Football Bundesliga is committed to the fight against all forms of discrimination. The role model influence of players, coaches and officials goes beyond what happens on the green field.”

SK Rapid punished heavily

The Hütteldorfers defeated Austria 3–0 on 25 February and won a home derby for the first time in ten years. In the following days, disturbing videos recorded during the victory celebrations emerged. First of all, it turned out that Steffen Hofmann was fighting hard against his city rivals. Hours later, in a recording, Kulovits and five players were seen and heard chanting homophobic slogans against Austria with fans.

“The content of the videos is in no way consistent with the values ​​represented by football as a whole and the Austrian Football Bundesliga in particular,” the Bundesliga wrote. “Both SK Rapid and the players convincingly expressed that they were very sorry for the events. When assessing penalties, Senate 1 accepted this accordingly, handing out partial penalties to all those involved. However, the specified penalty ranges should also be underlined. Discriminatory statements or actions On the one hand, it documents the seriousness of the crime, and on the other hand, it clearly demonstrates the intention of the football legislature that such incidents should be decisively prevented. The SK Rapid precautionary catalog was evaluated at least as positively as the SK Rapid precautionary catalogue. Players are willing to participate in such awareness-raising workshops to be,” the league statement continued.

The seven participating Rapids are also required to attend three one-hour workshops at schools. Following the scandal, Rapid announced that it would introduce a catalog of measures to combat homophobia and sexism. Club President Alexander Wrabetz and Vice-President Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger will comment in detail on the “extremely difficult decisions” at a press conference on Tuesday (11am), according to the press release.

Frieser and Grabherr suspended a game, complained about Heraf

The Bundesliga Penalty Senate on Monday banned Dominik Frieser (TSV Hartberg) and Pius Grabherr (Austria Lustenau) for one match each following their weekend sending-offs. Frieser was penalized for rough play and Grabherr for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. A complaint was also made against Lustenau coach Andreas Heraf on suspicion of inappropriate behavior towards players or other individuals.

The complaint against Heraf was made based on video footage after the match against Rapid.

(APA/Red)

Source: Vienna

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