LASK was severely punished on Thursday for violating the corona measures. Two weeks ago, the Austrian top club was caught secretly recording videos without keeping the required distance.
The disciplinary committee of the Austrian football association ÖFB has deducted LASK six points and also fined € 75,000. The club immediately announced that it would appeal.
As a result, LASK loses the lead in the Austrian Bundesliga. The team of trainer Valérien Ismäel is now number two three points behind the new list captain Red Bull Salzburg.
The Bundesliga began an investigation into LASK after videos surfaced from the club’s training sessions. It showed, among other things, that the players did not keep to the 1.5 meter distance and entered into duels with each other.
LASK eventually apologized after initially counter-attacking by reporting a burglary and alleging that other clubs had been illegally spying on the training.
“We didn’t follow the distance rules in four training sessions. We made a big mistake and we have to take responsibility for that,” said Vice-President Jürgen Werner at a news conference.
The Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on June 3. LASK, who eliminated AZ and PSV earlier this season in the Europa League, hopes for the first league title since 1965. Salzburg has been champions every time in the past six years.
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