VfL Wolfsburg issues a statement on the incidents during the journey to Leverkusen.

During VfL Wolfsburg’s journey to the away game at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Friday, several members of the VfL squad behaved in an intolerable manner on a Deutsche Bahn train to Cologne. As reported and later published by a WDR journalist, a large number of players failed to wear mouth and nose coverings during the trip, which is mandatory on trains in Germany. Several players are also said to have behaved in a disrespectful way towards train staff after being reminded of their obligation to wear face masks.

On behalf of the entire team, VfL Wolfsburg apologises in no uncertain terms for the unprofessional and inappropriate behaviour of its players and in particular to Deutsche Bahn staff for their disrespectful conduct, which has never occurred before in this way, is out of tune with their normal behaviour, is wholly incompatible with the values of VfL Wolfsburg and will not be tolerated. It must not happen again.

VfL head coach Niko Kovac addressed the assembled players regarding their misconduct immediately after their arrival at the team hotel on Friday. A detailed review of the incident will take place upon their return from Leverkusen.