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TheGerman football league (DFL) hasfined Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji for breaking coronavirus social distancing rules after pictures emerged on social media of the footballers getting a haircut.
Pictures circulated earlier this week of the players seeing a barber without face masks, breaking the strict anti-coronavirus measures which are still in place in Germany.
Four other Borussia Dortmundplayers, who allegedly broke the rules in the same way, have not been punished due to a lack of evidence, as no photographs of them getting haircuts were published online.
The DFL confirmed the punishment for Sancho and Akanji in a statement, but did not say how much the fines were, as well as confirming that Borussia Dortmund as a club would not be punished and that the players have five days to appeal.
Their statement read: "The DFL fines Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho.The Borussia Dortmund players had apparently violated general hygiene and infection protection standards at home hairdressing appointments, and in particular themedical and organisational concept ofthe DFL task force "Sports Medicine / Special Game Operations".
"There is no question that professional footballers have to have their hair cut.However, this currently has to be done in accordance with the medical-organisational concept.In specific cases, the club had also provided its players with a corresponding opportunity.
"In principle, the DFL does not provide any information about the amount of a penalty in contractual penalty proceedings.Players have the right to lodge a complaint within five days.The penalties are expressly not directed against the club, for which no "organisational fault" is recognisable."
Six Dortmund players stood accused of breaking the strict Bundesliga regulations after enlisting the services ofstar coiffeur Winnie Nana Karkari on Thursday.
Akanji and Sancho, along with Raphael Guerreiro, Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou, had, according toBild,received home visits from Karkari in order to cut their hair, and photos released by the German daily showedthat neither Akanji or Sancho,nor the hairdresser, engaged in the mandatory use of face masks.
"It is pretty common that our guys must get their hair cut after all these months," Dortmund responded toBildwhen questioned over the story."But it surely is a no-go, from both sides, to not wear a mask. We will remind our players about that very, very clearly. Also, the stylist should ask himself about his behaviour, too."
Karkari also spoke out over the allegations, insisting that he took his mask off "for the photographs" and "stuck to all hygiene-rules very strictly."