Borussia Dortmund say it has held talks with German defender Nico Schulz following allegations of domestic violence against the player.
It has been reported that the player’s ex-partner filed a criminal complaint against him in 2020 for domestic violence and an investigation has been launched.
Schulz, 29, denies the allegations.
Dortmund said it was not aware of the allegations until they appeared in German media on Saturday, but they were “extremely serious and shocking”.
The Bundesliga club said it could not take any action at this early stage.
Schulz has been capped by his country 12 times, although he has not played for them since 2020.
The left-back has played 61 games for Dortmund since joining in 2019, but was not in the squad for Saturday’s 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen.
“Borussia Dortmund has responded to yesterday’s media coverage of the criminal allegations over Nico Schulz’s private life by immediately talking to the player and his advisers,” the club said. said in a statement.
“The player is fighting the criminal allegations leveled against him. Nico Schulz has informed us that he will defend himself against these allegations with the help of a legal adviser and also calls for the presumption of innocence to be applied.”
“The allegations that have been made – which Borussia Dortmund knew nothing about until the media reports surfaced – are extremely serious and shocking for BVB.
“Borussia Dortmund takes them very seriously and distances itself from any form of violence. However, Borussia Dortmund is not a party to the proceedings and has no insight into the investigation files or the criminal charges that are apparently pending.
“As this is a pending case at an early stage and the factual and legal situation is extremely unclear for Borussia Dortmund as it stands, we are not yet able to make reliable and legally watertight decisions regarding employment law and disciplinary action. .” However, we reserve the right to do so at any time once we objectively know more.”