Frankfurt - Gladbach

Germany: Bundesliga
Frankfurt A. Silva (Pen. 22), A. Silva (24), A. Barkok (32), D. Abraham (81)
Gladbach L. Stindl (14), L. Stindl (Pen. 90), L. Stindl (90)

DFB investigates potential spitting incident involving Christoph Kramer

By Peter Vice

The DFB's judgement arm has reportedly asked for additional visual evidence from Tuesday's Frankfurt-Gladbach match. An incident in the 82nd minute may lead to a long suspension for Christoph Kramer. 

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The German FA currently investigates a potential spitting incident taking place late in a midweek fixture involving Gladbach's Christoph Kramer and Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode. The former is alleged to have purportedly deliberately spat in the latter's direction.

Given that the distance between the two players is difficult to gauge on the regular broadcast feed, the DFB requested further images, including some taken by the league's executive camera feed.

If it is confirmed that Kramer intentionally spat in Rode's direction, the former national team star faces serious consequences. Germany's FA has a strict zero tolerance policy in place for such behavior.

Santiago Ascacibar was suspended for six games for spitting in Kai Havertz's face during a 2019 match. Earlier this autumn, Schalke's Ozan Kabak missed out on five games after the committee ruled that he spat upon a prone Ludwig Augustinsson.

The current corona-crisis increases the pressure on the DFB to crack down on such activities. A decision on the incident is expected soon.

1Kevin Trapp
19David Abraham (C)
20Makoto Hasebe
13Martin Hinteregger
25Erik Durm
8Djibril Sow
17Sebastian Rode ↩90
10Filip Kostić
27Aymen Barkok ↩90
32Amin Younes ↩71
33André Silva ↩83
23Marcus Schubert
9Bas Dost
24Danny da Costa ↪90
35Lucas Melo
3Stefan Ilsanker ↪83
11Steven Zuber
15Daichi Kamada ↪90
22Timothy Chandler
28Dominik Kohr ↪71
1Yann Sommer
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
17Oscar Wendt ↩82
22László Bénes ↩46
6Christoph Kramer
11Hannes Wolf ↩46
10Marcus Thuram
13Lars Stindl (C)
14Alassane Pléa ↩63
21Tobias Sippel
16Ibrahima Traoré ↪82
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↪63
3Michael Lang
24Tony Jantschke
40Andreas Poulsen
8Denis Zakaria ↪46
19Valentino Lazaro ↪46

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