Aubameyang dons mask
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s mask celebration was the big talking point from Saturday’s Ruhr derby, which finished in a draw between Schalke and Dortmund.
The Gabonese striker put on a mask when he scored, which initially seemed to be just a fun and innocent move, but it turns out there was more to it than met the eye.
Aubameyang took to social media to hit back at the criticism, denying there was any arrogance involved.
But it seems there could have been some mercenary behaviour involved…
PUMA to fine him
Aubameyang has worn superhero masks on several occasions in the past, and most of those times, it seems he really was just paying homage to Batman and Spiderman.
But on this occasion, it turns out Aubameyang’s mask was part of a Nike ad campaign, which he’s been personally paid for, and which contravenes sponsorship rules – as Dortmund are sponsored by PUMA.
And it seems Auba could now be fined for his cheeky celebration.
Dortmund’s CEO Hans Joachim Watzke said today:
‘This behaviour is unworthy of a big corporation.
It can’t be that we have to force through the economic interest of Nike in this way. Our partner is Puma.”
“We are surprised that a competitor puts a player in such a situation.”
Asked for his take on the matter, Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel said:
“We believed it might be a sequel to his Batman/Spider-Man celebrations. It makes things more difficult now.”
But he added that the attacker did not bear grudges over any punishments.
“You can address harsh criticism when talking to him, and punish him, and he won’t bear grudges but rather will try to understand the other side.’