Backpack gate – Another episode of the ever ongoing drama at HSV unfolds

HSV couldn’t have had a worse start to the season all things considered. Being ousted by a fourth tier side in the cup could have meant that the coming days are going to include a lot of drama for the Red Shorts; however, today’s hot topic in Hamburg doesn’t have anything to do with the club’s dire performance on Sunday. Sporting director Peter Knäbel’s backpack was stolen, containing several internal documents, including a list over the players salaries, confidential agreements between the club and new signing Emir Spahic, scouting reports and a list over possible bonuses for the squad.

Knäbel told Bild that he didn’t realise that it had been stolen, due to the fact that he was moving to his new home at the time. After the backpack hadn’t turned up after a couple of days of looking for it, Knäbel realised that it had been taken from him. He then proceeded to report the theft of his backpack to the police.

A few days ago a 38-year-old a geriatric nurse found the documents floating around on the lawn of the Jenischpark in Hamburg. Upon discovering the documents she contacted the club, but was dismissed at first as club officials didn’t know anything about Knäbel’s backpack being stolen, which is surprising given the documents that were contained in the backpack at the time.

In the end Knäbel was re-united with the important documents and his backpack. This morning the club tweeted about the event, thanking the finder, clarifying the events of the case and asking the team to play some better football in the future.

Knowing HSV, that won’t be enough to keep out the ever unfolding drama at the Volksparkstadion.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.