Hamburg pair suspended over trip

Published Aug. 21, 2013 1:00 a.m. ET

Struggling Hamburg has thrown out midfielders Dennis Aogo and Tomas Rincon from the squad for the upcoming Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin because they used two practice-free days for a trip to Mallorca.

Their brief vacation on the Spanish island came after Hamburg's 5-1 loss at home to Hoffenheim.

The club says Aogo and Venezuela international Rincon will not be in the squad for Berlin.

Hamburg's coach Thorsten Fink gave his players two days off after the defeat on Saturday.

But the coach says the purpose of the move was not "for one to fly to Mallorca but that everyone ponders how he can be better."

Hamburg has one point from two games and many experts see the team in danger this season.