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German soccer league says no to masked celebrations

In this Saturday Feb. 28, 2015 picture Dortmund’s Marco Reus, dressed as Robin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) dressed as Batman as they celebrated a goal.
In this Saturday Feb. 28, 2015 picture Dortmund’s Marco Reus, dressed as Robin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) dressed as Batman as they celebrated a goal. The Associated Press

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.

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:

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