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DFB fines Cologne over abusive Ron-Robert Zieler chants

Lukas Podolski has said 'we cannot tolerate' the chants.

The German FA (DFB) has fined Cologne €7,500 after two supporters were found to have verbally abused Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler during a Bundesliga match earlier this month.

Ex-Leicester keeper Zieler, born in Cologne, was targeted during the second half of Stuttgart's 3-2 away win.

Supporters, one of whom appeared to be using a megaphone, shouted sentences including: "Zieler, why don't you kill yourself?" and "Your mother is related to [former Germany keeper Robert] Enke," with...

Cologne bans man for two years after verbal abuse of Ron-Robert Zieler

Lucas Podolski expressed his frustration with fans who insulted Stuttgart's Ron-Robert Zieler.

Cologne has imposed a two-year stadium ban on a supporter who they determined verbally abused Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler during a Bundesliga game.

Zieler, born in Cologne, was insulted during Stuttgart's 3-2 win at the Mungersdorfer Stadion on March 4 by fans who also disparaged former Hannover goalkeeper Robert Enke, who died in 2009.

After an investigation, Cologne have identified two people alleged to have participated in the chants and banned one from the stadium for two years.

"Neither...

Liverpool, Tottenham target Benjamin Pavard will not be sold in summer - Stuttgart chief

Stuttgart have ruled out making defender Benjamin Pavard available for a transfer this summer.

Stuttgart have closed the door on a transfer of defender Benjamin Pavard, who has been linked to a move to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in recent months.

Pavard, 21, has started and finished Stuttgart's last 41 competitive matches and won his first cap for France in November.

"From being an exceptional talent, Benjamin Pavard is definitely on the way to becoming an international top player," Stuttgart sporting executive Michael Reschke told Bild.

Pavard has attracted the interest of several top...

Abusive Ron-Robert Zieler chants at Cologne intolerable - Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski has said 'we cannot tolerate' the chants.

Former Cologne star Lukas Podolski has hit out at supporters who verbally abused Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler as the club identified two of them, who now face bans.

Ex-Leicester keeper Zieler, born in Cologne, was targeted by a section of the home fans during the second half of Stuttgart's 3-2 away win on Sunday.

Some supporters, one of whom appeared to be using a megaphone, shouted sentences including: "Zieler, why don't you kill yourself?" and "Your mother is related to [former Germany...