A football club PR boss has been ordered to pay more than GBP 4,000 in compensation after she insulted a journalist by wearing a T-shirt saying ‘FCK’ followed by his initials.
Marit Scholz, head of media at FC Hansa Rostock, Germany, had repeatedly clashed with local sports writer Soenke Froebe over his match reports.
It’s said she was so angry at his “permanently inaccurate coverage” that she wanted to withdraw his match pass at the 2. Bundesliga club.
But instead, prosecutors heard, she turned up at a post-match press conference last May wearing a black T-shirt with ‘FCK SFR’ printed in big white letters.
Justice officials agreed with Froebe that the T-shirt was a deliberate attempt to shame him in public.
Now Scholz has been ordered to pay EUR 5,000 for the slur.
Half the sum will go to Froebe and the other EUR 2,500 will go to the charity Kreisdiakonisches Werk Greifswald eV.
If she doesn’t pay up before the end of the year, say Rostock prosecutors, the case against her will go ahead.
Neither Scholz, who has been with the club since 2011, nor Froebe commented on the settlement.
Corinna Pfaff from the Federal German Association of Journalists told local media: “Any attempt to intimidate or put journalists under pressure has to be intercepted immediately.
“I am pleased to see that our juridical institutions are of the same opinion.”
T-shirts bearing a big bold ‘FCK’ and three further letters beneath have become a popular everyday fashion item in recent years.
Produced by various companies, ‘FCK NZS’ (Nazis), ‘FCK CPS’ (Cops) and ‘FCK AFD’ are among the most popular slogans in Germany.
The latter slogan refers to the Alternative for Germany, an increasingly popular far-right party.