Erzgebirge Aue will have to do without Clemens Fandrich for a long time. The second-tier midfielder received a harsh penalty after a spit attack. However, the club wants to appeal.
The German Football Association (DFB) Sports Tribunal has ruled against second-tier Clemens Vanderich, Erzgebirge Aue. The 30-year-old was banned for seven months on Thursday, but can appeal to the Federal Court of the German Football Association within a week.
“The court had no doubts about the portrayal of assistant referee Roman Potemkin, who testified that the player spat in the right eye in the 89th minute of the second division match against FC Ingolstadt on October 22, 2021, which Vanderich himself denies,” he said in a letter from the DFB . The sequence of movements in the scene supports the depiction of Potemkin.
Aue wants to “exhaust the legal remedies available to us”
Aues board member attorney Kay Werner said. It is a totally unacceptable penalty, and one will “exhaust the legal remedies available to us”.
Vanderich vehemently denied that he had intentionally spit on the aide. And the midfielder was already absent from the 1-1 draw in Hannover. Werner had announced in “Tag 24”: “In the event of a ruling above the suspension made by Clemens Vanderich against Hannover, we will consider going to the Federal Court of the German Football Association or, if necessary, to an ordinary court.” He immediately announced that he would go to federal court on Thursday.