The Bundesliga match between VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach was canceled on Friday night due to a cup toss. In the 68th minute, assistant referee Christian Gittelmann was hit in the head with a drink glass thrown from a stand with most of the Bochum fans.
Referee Benjamin Cortus immediately stopped play. The stadium announcer later announced that the game would be cancelled. At this point it was 2-0 to Gladbach.
Gittelmann was then taken to the hospital. “As far as we know, he has been taken to the hospital for examination. The result is not yet available,” said Bochum press spokesman Jens Fricke on Friday night at the Ruhr Stadium.
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Gittelmann had previously repeatedly rubbed the sore area on his head. The team of referees then retired to the catacombs of the stadium. The Gladbach players followed soon after. The Bochum players surrounding goalkeeper Manuel Riemann approached the fans and tried to forcefully influence them. Then they also left the field.
With announcements, the stadium announcer had repeatedly pointed out that spectators should refrain from throwing objects. It didn’t work. “You’re not just hurting yourself, you’re hurting others and you’re hurting our club,” the stadium announcer said. At first the fans of both clubs sang, the longer the interruption lasted, the quieter the stadium became.
Before 25,000 spectators in the Ruhrstadion, Alassane Pléa and Breel Embolo (61st) scored the goals for the guests in the 55th minute. When the demolition was certain, the Gladbachers addressed their fans in the guest corner and said goodbye to their supporters with applause. (dop)