Line judge hit – scandal in the Bundesliga – game is stopped because of cup throwing

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Gladbach leads 2-0 in Bochum when a spectator throws a cup at the head of the assistant referee – the referee first interrupts the game and then stops it altogether.

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Linesman Christian Gittelmann falls to the ground after throwing a cup.

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He kept touching his head.

He kept touching his head.

IMAGO/Jan Huebner

The game was first interrupted and then stopped.

The game was first interrupted and then stopped.

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  • Gladbach leads 2-0 in Bochum, then the game is interrupted.

  • That’s because a fan hits an assistant referee with a cup on the head.

  • A short time later, the confirmation follows: The game has been canceled.

  • Linesman Christian Gittelmann was later taken to the hospital for examinations.

The Bundesliga game between VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach was canceled on Friday evening after a cup was thrown. In the 68th minute, assistant referee Christian Gittelmann was hit in the head by a drink cup thrown from a stand with mostly Bochum fans. Referee Benjamin Cortus then immediately stopped the game. The stadium announcer later announced that the game would be canceled. At this point it was 2-0 for Gladbach.

“The game will not be restarted. The game is officially canceled, »said the stadium announcer. Gittelmann kept rubbing the painful area on his head. The team of referees retired to the catacombs of the stadium. The Gladbach players followed shortly afterwards. Bochum players around goalkeeper Manuel Riemann went to the supporters and tried to energetically influence them. Then they left the field.

Announcements were of no use either

With announcements, the stadium announcer had repeatedly pointed out that the 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,” said the stadium announcer. At first the fans of both clubs sang, but the longer the interruption lasted, the quieter it became in the stadium.

In front of 25,000 spectators in the Ruhr Stadium, Alassane Pléa and Breel Embolo (61st) scored the goals for the guests in the 55th minute – Nati keeper Yann Sommer led the Foals as captain, defender Nico Elvedi was absent due to illness. When the demolition was certain, the Gladbachers went to their fans in the guest corner and said goodbye to their supporters with applause.

A short time later, VfL Bochum apologized. “We can only formally apologize to linesman Gittelmann. A most embarrassing and bitter evening for us. An extremely stupid action,” said a tweet from the club. According to information from host Bochum, Grittelmann had to be taken to the hospital. “As far as we know, he was taken to the hospital for examinations. The result is not yet available,” said Bochum’s press spokesman Jens Fricke late on Friday evening in the Ruhr Stadium.

According to information from the hosts, Christian Gittelmann was later taken to the hospital. “As far as we know, he was taken to the hospital for examinations. The result is not yet available,” said Bochum’s press spokesman Jens Fricke late on Friday evening in the Ruhr Stadium.

(dpa/hua)

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