It turns out the NFL isn’t the only No Fun League.
Germany’s top soccer leagues are putting the kibosh on players who don a mask to celebrate a goal.
This comes on the heels of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus dressing like the Dynamic Duo after a goal against archrival Schalke.
Aubameyang put on a Batman mask and Reus looked like Robin.
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But the elite referees commission for the German Soccer Association sent a letter to all Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga clubs, reminding them that the Dortmund fun fell under Rule 12 of the league rules (forbidden play and unsporting behavior).
“Under the rules, a player should receive a yellow card, ‘if he covers his head or face with a mask or anything similar,’” according to a release on the association’s website.
The penalty will be a yellow card.
In the release, Herbert Fandel, chairman of the refereeing committee said “emotions belong on the pitch, especially the joy of scoring a goal. We don’t want to seem too inflexible, but we can’t let things go too far.”
Sigh. I guess we’ll have to just content ourselves with Jurgen Klopp celebrations: