Borussia Dortmund failed to beat FC Bayern to to the Bundesliga title, but they did finish top of the Fair Play standings. - © gettyimages / Hangst/Bongarts
Borussia Dortmund failed to beat FC Bayern to to the Bundesliga title, but they did finish top of the Fair Play standings. - © gettyimages / Hangst/Bongarts
Bundesliga

Dortmund and Freiburg claim 2015/16 Fair Play awards

When it came to playing fair, there were two teams from Germany’s top two tiers that stood out during the 2015/16 campaign: Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga 2 title winners SC Freiburg.

Cash influx for fair play

In the top flight of German football BVB managed to pip FC Bayern München to the post, while Borussia Mönchengladbach claimed the final podium place in the fair play stakes.

In the second tier it was the Freiburg who finished above fellow promoted side RB Leipzig and FC St. Pauli. The three clubs received prize money totalling 50,000 Euro, split into increments of €25,000, €15,000 and €10,000. The prize money is to be invested in specific projects within the clubs' respective youth acadamies.

The Fair Play tables are calculated based on the match reports provided by referees and those in charge of assessing a referee’s performance. Respect towards opponents and match officials, the conduct of club officials and fans, contribution towards the attractiveness of the game as well as yellow cards and red cards are the six criteria included in the overall assessment.