Hamburg star gets a record fine

HAMBURG have issued Paolo Guerrero with a club record fine after he threw a plastic bottle at a fan who was shouting abuse at him after Sunday’s goalless draw with Hannover.

HAMBURG have issued Paolo Guerrero with a club record fine after he threw a plastic bottle at a fan who was shouting abuse at him after Sunday’s goalless draw with Hannover.

The striker today apologised for his behaviour and admitted he had made a “big mistake”.

“I had a blackout,’ Guerrero said on www.hsv.de. “I was insulted and I over-reacted.

“I am incredibly sorry. I hope that I get the opportunity to apologise personally to the spectator concerned.


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“I have already done so to HSV. Of course I will accept any punishment from the club. I made a big mistake.’

Guerrero held talks with the Hamburg board on Monday morning.

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Chairman Bernd Hoffmann said: “Paulo’s behaviour was absolutely unacceptable. Something like that is not allowed to happen.

“Paulo will be heavily fined by us.

“He has assured us believably how sorry he is.’

Hoffmann added in Kicker magazine: “He is getting a fine the like of which there has never been in the club.’

The incident happened when Guerrero took exception to the spectator’s criticism as he was leaving the field at the end of a frustrating match for the northern Germany side in which their European hopes suffered another setback.

He threw the bottle from which he was drinking straight into the fan’s face near the entrance to the tunnel.

Hamburg captain David Jarolim insisted fans and players had to start pulling in the same direction.

“The is no split between the team and the spectators,’ he said. “We now have to stick together in order to reach our goals.’

Guerrero is also almost certain to face disciplinary action from the German Football Association.

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