In an unprecedented turn of events, a German soccer match was suspended after a referee was hit by a beer bottle thrown from the stands. The incident occurred during a match between SC Freiburg and FC Augsburg on Sunday, September 26th.
The game was in its 50th minute when the referee, Christian Dingert, was struck by the beer bottle, which had been thrown by a fan in the stands. Dingert immediately stopped the game and left the field, in what was a clear indication that he was not willing to continue the match under such dangerous conditions.
The incident sparked immediate outrage among sports fans, with many calling for an investigation into how such a thing could happen. It was also widely reported in the media, with footage of the incident quickly going viral on social media.
In a statement released after the match, FC Augsburg condemned the actions of the fan responsible for throwing the beer bottle. The statement read: “We strongly condemn the throwing of missiles and any other form of violence or abuse towards players, officials, or staff.” SC Freiburg also condemned the fan’s behavior in a statement posted on Twitter.
The German Football Association (DFB) has since launched an inquiry into the incident, with a view to identifying and punishing the fan in question. The DFB has also confirmed that the match will be replayed at a later date, with the result of the original match null and void.
The incident is just the latest in a series of incidents involving fan violence in football stadiums across the world. In recent years, there have been numerous cases of fans throwing objects onto the pitch, assaulting players and officials, and engaging in other forms of violent behavior.
While the majority of football fans are peaceful and respectful, incidents like this serve as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with fan violence. It is up to the football community to work together to identify and punish those responsible for such behavior, and to ensure the safety of players, officials, and fans alike.