Hamburg fine Guerrero for turning up late
New Hamburg coach Armin Veh shrugged off the absence of Jose Paolo Guerrero at Monday's first pre-season training session.
The Peruvian missed his flight back to Germany and called to say he had been involved in a car crash on his way to the airport. Veh took the news well while confirming the player will still be fined for breaking club rules.
"He called me up to say he would be coming later this afternoon,'' said Veh. "I don't believe everything people say - there are Brazilians who get stuck in snow drifts preventing them from returning and they don't even call.
"I don't want to make a big deal out of this. They simply have a different culture, but we don't have to accept it. Paolo will have to pay a fine for that.''
Guerrero is no stranger to controversy. Last season, he spent several months in Peru recovering from an injury and he missed several flights back to Germany due to a fear of flying. He then hit the headlines for the wrong reasons for throwing a bottle at a spectator after the 0-0 draw against Hannover towards the end of the season, earning a six-game ban which ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign.
Following Hamburg's elimination from the Europa League in the semi-finals, he was given permission to start his summer holidays early and, seven weeks later, he has added one extra day to that break.
"It was not a problem in training anyway as we were still able to play 11 v 11,'' quipped Veh at a press conference.