Mainz striker Bance fined for indecent gesture

BY foxsports • December 10, 2009

Mainz striker Aristide Bance has been fined for directing an obscene gesture at Eintracht Frankfurt defender Maik Franz.

The German football federation (DFB) fined the Burkina Faso striker €6,000 ($8,860) and said it was lenient because Bance had been provoked by Franz, whose nickname is "Iron Maik."

After Frankfurt's 2-0 win, Bance accused Franz of using racial slurs to insult him, which Franz denied. The DFB said it could find no evidence that Franz had used racial insults.

The two nearly came to blows at the end of the match.

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