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DFB launches investigation over Hannover racial abuse vs. Mainz

Leon Balogun in action for Mainz.

The German FA (DFB) has opened an investigation after Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah said they were racially abused by Hannover 96 fans ahead of last Saturday's Bundesliga match.

On Tuesday, the DFB told ESPN FC it had begun proceedings. Under its rules, the club could face a fine or even a stadium closure, but the governing body said "possible legal consequences are pure speculation at this stage."

Hannover, Balogun and Ujah have been asked to provide written statements, and after...

Hannover apologises to Mainz's Balogun, Ujah for fans' racial abuse

Hannover fans
Hannover hosted Mainz in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hannover president Martin Kind has apologised for the racial abuse Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah were subjected to before the teams' Bundesliga game on Saturday.

Balogun said on Twitter: "Ujah and I were racially insulted with ape noises among other things as we warmed up in front of the Hannover fan block. I'm shocked that such behavior exists in 2018 in the Bundesliga, where players of differing backgrounds, skin colors and religions fight daily for their fans."

The 29-year-old defender...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Nigel de Jong signs short-term deal with Mainz

Nigel De Jong has returned to the Bundesliga with Mainz.

Former Netherlands international Nigel De Jong signed a short-term deal with Mainz on Friday.

The 33-year-old will return to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2009, when he left Hamburg for Manchester City.

Since then, he has played for AC Milan and the LA Galaxy until signing a two-year deal with Galatasaray in August 2016. After appearing in 24 games last season, he has not played at all this season

"I like Mainz's story, the club has established itself in the Bundesliga off its own...

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Mainz keeper Robin Zentner: I mistook penalty spot for the ball in air-kick

Robin Zentner nearly had a gaffe for the ages, forgetting to take the ball with him during Mainz's match at Gladbach.

Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner has said his air-kick in Saturday's Bundesliga match against Borussia Monchengladbach happened when he mistook the penalty spot for the ball.

Video footage showed Zentner kick thin air with the ball nowhere near him during the 1-1 draw at Borussia Park, and the clip quickly went viral on social media.

Fortunately for Mainz, the 25-year-old realised his error and took evasive action just in time with a Gladbach forward bearing down on him. The ball then broke loose,...