Schmidt suspended for two games

Bayer 04 Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt has been suspended for two games for comments directed at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann.

Struggling Leverkusen suffered a 3-0 home defeat to the high-flying Bundesliga side on Saturday where goals from Kerem Demirbay, Sandro Wagner and Steven Zuber condemned them to a third defeat of the season.

Schmidt, who was also fined 15,000 euros, was sent from the playing area by the referee after an outburst where he called Nagelsmann “a nutter”.

“That was nothing, what sort of a nutter are you? Just shut your gob!” Schmidt shouted at the beginning of the second half after his side conceded their second goal.

The Bayer boss had previously been banned for three games and given a suspended sentence for a further two, in February, for refusing to leave the sidelines during a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, meaning this ban comes into immediate effect.

Up next for Leverkusen is a German Cup second round match against Lotte on Tuesday and a Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Leverkusen striker Kevin Volland, meanwhile, has been banned for two matches, starting with the Wolfsburg match, following his red card against Hoffenheim.

He is available for the DFB Cup tie away to SF Lotte but misses out against Darmstadt.