Bayern Munich mascot Berni and his yellow-and-black counterpart for Borussia Dortmund, Emma the Bee, were taken into custody in the early hours of Sunday after a wild night out with Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal and his entourage.
German media report that the two mascots joined Vidal late in the evening after the 6-0 thrashing that Bayern dealt Dortmund. According to Berni, the night began when a sorrowful Emma approached her colleague looking for a “buzzz” in the Toy Town nightlife of Munich. After Berni shot a quick text to Bayern’s unofficial Master of Festivities, Vidal, the trio disappeared into the night.
Dortmund first sounded the alarm when Emma failed to appear at the team bus to take the team back to their hotel before what would be a gloomy trip home to Dortmund. Coach Peter Stöger stated,
When Emma didn’t show up at the bus, we became concerned. We tried texting her, but Emma didn’t respond. It was uncharacteristic of her. But she wasn’t her usually bright and cheery self after the match—understandably. We had no idea she was with Berni. It’s grotesque.
Emma’s whereabouts would not remain unknown for long. The group first hopped around the trendy bars in the Münchener Freiheit area before moving deeper downtown to some of the more exclusive haunts that Vidal frequents on nights off.
Matters escalated as an increasingly inebriated Berni and Emma began dancing wildly at one of the nightclubs at the Bayerischer Hof, disturbing patrons. Eventually tempers boiled over and a quarrel erupted in which Borussia Mönchengladbach's foal, Jünter, was struck over the head with a bottle of Dom Perignon.
The police were summoned and found the mascots fighting on the dance floor covered in champagne and shrimp cocktails. The damage is estimated to be in the range of several hundred thousand euros. Vidal was not at the scene when police arrived, although some members of his entourage were allegedly among those arrested. Vidal later told the press that he had already left the mascots by the time the fight erupted.
They were partying a lot harder than I do. It’s not every day that I say that, but Emma was besides herself after the match, and Berni let the good feeling from the game go straight to his fuzzy head. It was pretty funny, but yes, too wild for me!
The Bayern front office declined to comment on the situation, although Berni was released on bail Sunday morning and collected by club representatives.