Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4
Thomas Hautmann of Fox Sports has an update on the charges against Robert Lewandowski:
Robert Lewandowski is really going to be hated in Dortmund now.
The world-class striker allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old on Thursday evening, Jan. 23, Borussia Dortmund spokesperson Sascha Fligge told German sports network Sport1, per FoxSports.com:
According to reports, Lewandowski allegedly struck the teenager in the face after a confrontation outside his Dortmund home, believed to have stemmed from the Polish striker's summer move to Dortmund rival Bayern Munich.
“Several teenagers offended and berated Robert in the presence of his wife,” Fligge said. “According to his own account, he then stepped out of his car and put his hand on the teen’s shoulder and asked him why he was doing that.”
The teen reportedly answered, “because you make too much money and are going to [expletive] Bayern.”
Lewandowski posted his side of the story on his Facebook account, claiming that the teenager had not-so-savory words about both him and his wife, per the report. The Dortmund striker also said that he never resorted to violence against the supporter.
While it's unclear exactly what transpired at this time, more information will likely come to light over the next few weeks and days.
The only thing for sure is that Lewandowski is a marked man in Dortmund.
Since it came out that he signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in the summer, the 25-year-old has become public enemy No. 1 among the Dortmund supporters. It's much the same reaction that Mario Goetze's transfer to Bayern evoked when it leaked ahead of the Champions League final.
Dortmund have a rabid supporter base, and they don't take too kindly to watching one of their biggest stars leave for a Bundesliga rival, especially when that rival is Bayern Munich.
Earlier in the month, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reported that Lewandowski considered hiring bodyguards to help him deal with all of the hecklers. It's a rather sad state of affairs, as nobody should be taking sports so seriously that they'd consider physically harming an athlete who is off to another team.
It remains to be seen whether this will end up affecting Lewandowski's performance on the pitch. Even the most professional of athletes could have trouble playing for a team when they know so many of said team's fans are baying for their blood.
Here's to hoping this is the last major incident between now and July, when Lewandowski can officially join Bayern.