Hamburg star in hot water after jetting off
Germany defender Dennis Aogo has landed himself in hot water after jetting to Mallorca for a two-day break in the wake of Hamburg's 5-1 defeat in the Bundesliga.
Hamburg were routed at home last Saturday when Brazilian forward Roberto Frimino scored two goals and set up Hoffenheim's other three as the hosts' defence capitulated.
Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink was so furious with his players that he gave them two days off to consider where they need to improve, with his team having picked up just a point from their first two league matches.
But Aogo opted to jet off to the Spanish island for two days, although the 26-year-old insisted he met with his agent and had not gone on holiday.
Nevertheless, Fink has made it clear Aogo, who made the last of his 12 Germany appearances in the 4-3 defeat away to the USA in May, will have to work hard to keep his place in the squad for Saturday's Bundesliga match at Hertha Berlin.
"I gave the players two days off to think about what they can do better in the future. The break wasn't meant for them to fly to Mallorca," fumed Fink when training resumed on Tuesday morning.
"Dennis will have to train hard if he is to play on Saturday.
"He's damaged his chances of making the team and has used up a bit of credit."
Having last won a title in 1987, Hamburg's senior figures are restless for success at the north German club and Swiss investor Klaus-Michael Kuehne has said changes must be made if he is to pledge more financial help in future.
"Only with new people and new structures will it be a question for me again," the billionaire told Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.
Kuehne was instrumental in bringing Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart back from Tottenham Hotspur a year ago, but has become disillusioned and in the off-season he criticised the signing of Oliver Kreuzer as the new director of sports.