BERLIN - Hamburg SV striker Paolo
Guerrero, who threw a bottle at an angry fan on Sunday, may face
a ban or even land in court after the German football federation
and state prosecutor launched separate probes on Tuesday.
Guerrero, who only recently returned from a seven-month
injury absence, was caught on camera turning and throwing a
plastic water bottle at a Hamburg fan while walking off the
pitch after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Hanover 96.
"The DFB has initiated an investigation against Paolo
Guerrero ... Guerrero is suspected of a violent act against a
spectator," the DFB said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Television pictures show him throwing a bottle into the
stands and hitting a spectator in the face."
He has already been fined an undisclosed amount by his club
with German media putting that figure between 50,000 and 80,000
Later on Tuesday, the Hamburg state prosecutors office said
they were also investigating the incident for "suspected
dangerous bodily harm".
The Peruvian striker has since apologised for his behaviour.
"I blacked out," he told reporters on Monday. "I am very
sorry and hope to have the chance to meet the spectator and
Hamburg, in the running for a Champions League spot earlier
this season, are in danger of losing out on European football completely after winning only two of their last 11 league games.
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