Bang at Borussia Dortmund! A few weeks after the scandal surrounding the former coach of the women’s handball team Andre Fuhr, the club announces its next resignation.
Andreas Heiermann, honorary chairman of the handball department since 2008, is resigning from his position at Borussia Dortmund. The scandal after the allegations of abuse against ex-coach Fuhr has further consequences.
Borussia Dortmund: Allegations of abuse against coaches
The scandal is getting bigger and bigger. It all started with two BVB players who submitted their resignation to Borussia Dortmund in September. At first the background was unclear. However, the fact that both of them had contacted the “Start Against Violence” advice center gave an idea of what would come to light.
In the meantime, around 30 complaints against Fuhr’s training methods have been received by the advice center, reports “ZDF”. Fuhr, who previously worked for DHB, was then released by Borussia Dortmund on September 22nd.
Department head resigns
So now Heiermann is following too – albeit of his own free will. Heiermann informed the board of the association on Thursday (October 27th). He immediately accepted the request.
“Of course, the recent incidents surrounding the 1st BVB women’s handball team have also kept me busy,” he explains. Therefore he brought forward his retirement, which was planned for 2024 anyway. “I would like to make my contribution with full conviction to the restructuring and further professionalization of the handball department, which I believe has already become necessary at this point in time.”
Borussia Dortmund accepts resignation
BVB President Reinhard Rauball expressly thanked Heiermann. “The great commitment over more than one and a half decades and his honorary services to handball at BVB should be acknowledged,” he explained.
At the same time, there are currently numerous challenges in women’s handball that have to be tackled “with great effort”. Heiermann credibly assured that he lacked the strength to do so. “His resignation is therefore consistent and deserves respect,” said Rauball.