Sunderland AFC issue strong statement in response to Ron-Thorben Hoffmann claims

Sunderland AFC say they 'categorically refute' allegations published in German newspaper Bild Sport.

By Phil Smith
Friday, 10th June 2022, 1:39 pm

In an interview, former Sunderland goalkeeper Ron Thorben-Hoffmann claimed that he played even while still testing positive for COVID-19, and expressed disappointment with the extent of which he was examined in the aftermath of contracting the virus.

Sunderland have issued a strong response in which they say they have contacted the player's representatives 'clarify the comments made'.

It reads: "Sunderland AFC categorically refutes the allegations published earlier today by German newspaper Bild Sport.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann

"The report includes a number of false and inaccurate claims relating to Ron-Thorben Hoffmann and the Club has contacted the player’s representatives to clarify the comments made.

"SAFC complied with all Government and EFL guidance and protocols fully throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and continues to ensure the health and well-being of all staff is protected at all times.

"The Club will be making no further comment at this moment in time."

Hoffmann made 23 appearances for Sunderland during his loan spell from Bayern Munich, falling two short from automatically activating a clause in the deal that would have seen him move permanently to Wearside.

The German did not make an appearance after the 2-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers, which came during the period at the heart of Hoffmann's claims.

The 23-year-old did return to the match day squad towards the end of the campaign, and was a substitute in all three of Sunderland’s play-off fixtures as they sealed promotion back to the Championship at the fourth attempt.