On Monday, the Bundesliga penalty Senate imposed unconditional fines on all officials and players involved in the incident, as well as conditionally deducting three points from the club. Managing director Steffen Hofmann, assistant coach Stefan Kulowitz, as well as Guido Burgstaller, Marco Grühl, Thorsten Schick, Maximilian Hofmann and Niklas Hedl were injured.

Steffen Hofmann was banned from working for two months for libel (point 111), of which one month was unconditional. Kulowitz was suspended for three months, one month of which was suspended, for discrimination (112). Burgstaller and Grühl were suspended for six competitive games (three unconditional) for discrimination, while Thorsten Schick was suspended for five games (two unconditional) for the same offence. Maximilian Hofmann and goalkeeper Niklas Hedl were suspended for three games, one of them unconditionally, for violating the principles of fair play (111a). This means that Rapid will have to replace five players in the decisive game for qualification to the championship group on Sunday (17:00) at Austria Klagenfurt. Captain Burgstaller and striker Grühl are absent from the Rapid squad until April.

Extended fines for SK Rapid after the scandal

The reduction of three points for discrimination (112) will be reviewed until March 4, 2026. “The Austrian Football Bundesliga is committed to combating all types of discrimination. The effect of role models for footballers, coaches and officials goes beyond what happens on the green field,” the Bundesliga said in justifying the extensive fines.

On February 25, Hütteldorfers defeated Austria 3-0 and won the home derby for the first time in ten years. In the days that followed, disturbing videos emerged of the victory celebrations. First it became known that Steffen Hofmann was actively opposing his city rivals. Hours later, footage showed Kulowitz and five players and fans singing homophobic chants against Austria.

“The content of the videos is in no way consistent with the values ​​that football in general and the Austrian football Bundesliga in particular stand for,” the Bundesliga wrote. “Both SC Rapid and the players reliably stated that they very much regret the events that took place. Senate 1 appropriately recognized this when assessing the sentences, imposing partial sentences on all involved. It should, however, be emphasized that the range of penalties indicated for discriminatory statements or actions, on the one hand, documents the seriousness of the offense, and on the other hand, also makes clear the intention of the football legislature that such incidents must be decisively prevented. “SK Rapid’s list of measures has been received as positively as the players’ willingness to participate in such awareness-raising workshops,” the league said in a statement.

The seven Rapidlers will also be required to take part in three one-hour workshops in schools. Following the scandal, Rapid said it would present a catalog of measures to combat homophobia and sexism. Club president Alexander Vrabets and vice-president Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger will comment in detail on the “extremely difficult decisions,” according to a press release, at a press conference on Tuesday (11 a.m.).
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