Thursday, 14 November 2013
Rapid Vienna Fans Photograph Themselves Taking Cocaine Off The Club’s Bundesliga Trophy (Photos)
“Austrian league in scandal swamp” is the dubiously-translated headline in German newspaper Bild today with the news that an Austrian paper has published photos of a couple of Rapid Vienna fans hoovering up cocaine through a straw off the the club’s Bundesliga championship trophy.
The photos are alleged to have been taken within the shower rooms at Rapid’s Gerhard Happani Stadium and show a man sniffing the white powder from atop the golden shield that the club received for winning the Austrian Bundesliga back in 2008 while a second friend takes a close-up shot of the action.
Rapid are yet to comment, though Bild quote an anonymous club source as saying: “”We believe that it is cocaine, and we think that it was taken in the middle of our stadium.”
One photo also shows the alleged drug using Rapid Vienna fan posing alongside the shield while making some sort of gesture with his hands.
Reports also suggest that “the man at the centre of the pictures is a close associate of the owners of Rapid Vienna who has known those in charge of the club since childhood”.
The selection of shots have shocked Austria and the country’s footballing community.