Created on 02-03-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern will be without influential midfielder Mark van Bommel for two further Bundesliga matches, German Football Association (DFB) disciplinary tribunal chairman Hans E. Lorenz announced on Sunday. The Dutchman, sent off at the end of his club's Bundesliga meeting with Hamburg for two bookable offences, was handed the additional punishment for an obscene gesture unnoticed by referee Lutz Wagner. The player will also pay a €15,000 fine.
"It's a verdict we'd accept,“ Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß said after Saturday's 1-0 win away to Schalke 04, where Van Bommel sat out the automatic one-match ban triggered by the sending off against Hamburg. The Dutchman would no longer be obliged to pay an internal club fine, Hoeneß added.
Van Bommel now misses this Saturday's home Bundesliga meeting with Karlsruher SC and the trip to Energie Cottbus a week later, but will be eligible for the top-of-the-table showdown with Bayer Leverkusen on 22 March. The DFB punishment does not apply to Bayern's UEFA Cup meetings with Anderlecht and German Cup semi-final tie against Wolfsburg.