Beiersdorfer warns Demel
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Guy Demel has been warned about his future conduct on the pitch.
Dietmar Beiersdorfer, Hamburg's director of sport, has warned Guy Demel about his future conduct after the right back was handed a four-game ban by the German FA for striking an opponent in Hamburg's 1-0 home defeat to Wolfsburg last week.
The incident occurred after the final whistle when pushing and shoving broke out between both sets of players and saw Rafael van der Vaart also pick up a three-match ban.
Wolfsburg's coach Holger Fach was fined heavily and banned from coaching for one game and young defender Maik Franz was also suspended for two games.
Beiersdorfer was unhappy about the length of van der Vaart's ban but he refused to exonerate Demel from blame.
"Van der Vaart's three-game ban is too tough as it was rather harmless pushing, but the suspension for Guy is justified, things like this should not happen to him. I have had a chat with him and made it absolutely clear that he has to to be very careful not to be put in a box.
"We have tough and lively boys in our team, but the players have to work on their discipline," stressed Beiersdorfer, who is confident that the suspension will not affect Hamburg's bid to win their first title since 1983.
"I believe we are able to compensate for the loss of one or two players. It will be a massive challenge, but we have already successfully passed several tests this season and now we are facing the next test, but it's not a tragedy for us," he insisted.
Hamburg, lying fourth in the Bundesliga, face a difficult trip to Dortmund's Westfalenstadion at the weekend before hosting highly-rated Schalke.