Hamburg fined for pitch invader attack on Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery
Hamburg have been fined 55,000 euros by the German FA (DFB) after a pitch invader attacked Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery during a DFB-Pokal match in late October.
On Oct. 29, a pitch invader entered the field during the final minutes of Bayern's 3-1 victory at Hamburg in the second round of the German Cup.
The fan confronted Ribery, hitting him with his scarf and making gestures before stewards ushered him away.
While Hamburg issued an apology through their social media outlets immediately after the match, and Bayern responded by tweeting "great gesture, HSV. Respect," the incident did not go unnoticed by the German FA, which has now fined Hamburg 55,000 euros "for unsporting behaviour of a fan" as well as for three other incidents involving HSV supporters.
Meanwhile, Ribery has warned the other 17 Bundesliga clubs that Bayern will return even better when the league resumes in late January. With the third consecutive title in their sights, the former France international is also focused on winning the Treble for the second time after 2013.
Upon Bayern's return from their winter training camp in Qatar, the 31-year-old winger told Bild that the time away has been a major success for the team. "We are ready. We've worked really well, and stepped on the gas in Qatar. The units did us good and we got even better," he said.
Last season, while claiming the quickest ever Bundesliga title, Bayern crashed out of Champions League in the semfinal against Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola's side still won the domestic double, but have now set their sights on a second Treble in only three years.
"We want to be better than last year. And it's not only about Bundesliga," Ribery said. "I will never forget how I felt after winning the Treble. It's as if you were flying. It's incredible. Madness.
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"I want to experience that again in my career. We have all the presumptions for another outstanding year. We have the individual quality."
However, Ribery warned that Bayern should not wane like last season. "We did everything right for a long time, but then we played Madrid in the semifinal -- and nothing fit anymore. We lacked rhythm, the head was not right, everything was weird - and then were out," the winger said.
"But the defeat made us stronger. And it won't happen to us again."