Borussia Dortmund said it had held talks with German defender Nico Schulz after accusations of domestic violence against the player.
It was reported that the player’s ex-partner filed a criminal complaint against him for domestic violence in 2020 and an investigation has begun.
Schulz, 29, denies the allegations.
Dortmund said he was not aware of the allegations until they appeared in German media on Saturday, but that they were “extremely serious and shocking”.
The Bundesliga club said at this early stage that it could not take any action.
Schulz played 12 matches for his country, although he has not played with them since 2020.
The left-back has played 61 games for Dortmund since joining in 2019, but he was not part of the squad that won Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
“Borussia Dortmund responded to yesterday’s media coverage of criminal allegations relating to Nico Schulz’s private life by immediately holding talks with the player and his advisors.” He said in a statement.
“The player is challenging the criminal allegations made against him, and Nico Schultz has informed us that he will defend himself against these charges with the assistance of legal counsel, in addition to claiming a presumption of innocence.
“The allegations made – which Borussia Dortmund were not aware of until media reports emerged – are extremely serious and shocking to the 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 absolutely no insight into the investigation files or criminal charges that appear to be pending.
“Since this is a pending case in its early stages, and the factual and legal situation is not entirely clear for Borussia Dortmund as it is today, we are not yet able to take any reliable and unlawful decisions regarding labor law and disciplinary measures. However, we reserve the right to do so in Anytime once you know more objectively.”