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.
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“The game will not restart. The game is officially off,” the stadium announcer said. Gittelmann continued to rub the sore spot on his head. The team of referees retreated 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)