Wiese against Werder: Ex-Bremen keeper denies racism allegations

As of: November 20, 2023 8:50 p.m

The ex-Bremen player is challenging his former club’s stadium ban in court. According to Tim Wiese’s lawyer, Werder’s ban is based on arbitrariness.

The trial between Werder Bremen and former goalkeeper Tim Wiese began in the Bremen regional court on Monday. The former Werder crowd favorite wants to go to court to avert the ban imposed on him from the Weser Stadium. “We tried to resolve the whole thing out of court because we consider the ban to be illegal,” said Wiese’s lawyer Heiko Klatt, explaining his client’s move.

You didn’t explain the background to us specifically. The only option then is to go to court.

(Heiko Klatt, Tim Wiese’s lawyer)

Incident at Werder’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen

The background for the ban is said to have been an incident at Werder’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen in March. Lawyer Klatt explained the lawsuit, which was filed some time ago, with what Wiese believed to be a lack of information from Bremen. Wiese denied in court that he had racially insulted a service worker. “These allegations are outrageous,” said his defense attorney in front of the regional court on Monday.

On the first day of the trial, witnesses were heard in court. A service worker told the court that Wiese had racially insulted her. “I recognized him straight away because I’m a fan of his too,” said the 20-year-old. She heard that Wiese had insulted her because of her skin color. “That actually hit me hard.” She told her supervisor about it after the end of her shift and was only able to calm down again after talking to her mother.

Will the verdict not be made until the new year?

Another service worker reported racist jokes in the box where the former goalkeeper was also staying. Three witnesses who accompanied Wiese that day said they had not heard anything about the incidents. There has been no verdict yet. This could possibly happen on the next day of the trial (December 13th, 9:15 a.m.). However, this may not be the case until next year.

The stadium ban imposed on Wiese expires at the end of the year. In the event that the verdict is not announced until January, it could ultimately only be a question of whether Werder’s actions were legal and who has to bear the costs of the proceedings.

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Sportblitz, November 20, 2023, 6:06 p.m