Schmidt cops five-game suspension

Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt has been handed a five-game ban following a row with referee Felix Zwayer in his side’s defeat to BVB Dortmund.

Sunday’s Bundesliga clash was delayed by nearly 10 minutes after Schmidt refused to leave the technical area after being sent to the stands after reacting angrily to the awarding of a free-kick in the build up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner.

Schmidt immediately apologised for his actions after the game, but the German Football Association (DFB) have handed him a three-match stadium suspension, with a further two-game ban suspended until June 30 next year.

He has also been handed a €20,000 fine and has already decided against an appeal.

A statement released by the DFB read: “During the ban the coach isn’t allowed to be in the stadium interior during his team’s game.

“The ban starts 30 minutes before kick-off and ends 30 minutes after the final whistle. During that time, the coach must not be present in the stadium, in the changing room or the tunnel.

“Furthermore he must not contact the team, directly or indirectly.”