BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has vehemently opposed the threats and insults in social media against referee Sascha Stegemann after he refused Borussia Dortmund a justified penalty kick in a 1-1 draw at VfL Bochum on Friday.
“Answers of any kind, slander or threats, whether personal or anonymous via social media channels, we can – despite all the disappointment – not even tolerate in the beginning,” Watzke was quoted as saying by the club as chairman of the BVB management board.
The club discussed their view of things with the referee immediately after the game. He then assured “how sorry he is. That’s the end of the matter for us,” the message said.
Stegemann’s performance in Friday’s draw between VfL Bochum and Borussia Dortmund made waves. The 38-year-old referee received sharp criticism from BVB sports director Sebastian Kehl, among others. The referee management of the DFB issued a statement with a clear accusation against Stegemann.
Stegemann, who was very self-critical and admitted his mistake, then reported on Sunday sports1, on Saturday “my family and I were threatened very specifically”. He then filed a complaint.