Hamburg centre-back Toni Leistner was involved in a shocking scuffle with a rival fan in the stands of the stadium. Hamburg were subjected to a shocking 4-1 defeat by Dynamo Dresden who compete in a league tier below them.
The humiliating loss saw Hamburg being eliminated in the very first round of the DFB Pokal. Post the match, Leistner was involved in an ugly fight in the stands of the Rudolf Harbig Stadion.
The former QPR defender halted his interview midway to climb up the stands to confront the fan before grabbing his collar and proceeding to shove him onto the floor.
Fans and stewards separated the Dresden born player away from the fan, following which Leistner returned back to the pitch after an exchange of words. The detailed reason behind Leistner’s assault on the fan is yet to be known. Watch the incident right below:
Unbelievable scenes as Hamburg were knocked out by Dresden in the Cup pic.twitter.com/TWtXEM7NxI
— Andrew Cesare (@AndrewCesare) September 14, 2020
After the clash, the player apologised with a story on Instagram where he claimed that the fan abused his family. He reiterated by stating that the insults were ‘below the belt’. Furthermore, he proceeded to apologise for his actions and promised to never react in a similar manner “regardless of what insults are thrown at me.”
Meanwhile, Dresden released a tweet stating that they are looking into the incident fo find the fan who abused Leistner and his family.
Es ist einfach nur beschämend, dass @ToniLeistner derart von einem Fan seines Heimatvereins nach dem Spiel beleidigt wurde. Wir suchen die Person, weil wir diesen Vorfall so nicht stehen lassen wollen. Ein Dank geht an 99,9 % aller Stadionbesucher für eure Unterstützung! #sgd1953
— SG Dynamo Dresden (@DynamoDresden) September 14, 2020
This incident mirrors the one which involved Eric Dier at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Dier had made his way into the stands after a fan apparently abused in front of the player’s family, post the team’s FA Cup exit to Norwich City on penalties.
Leistner and Hamburg were outplayed by Dresden
Yannick Stark, Robin Becker and Christoph Daferner scored the goals for the underdogs at their home ground. Dresden led the fixture by three goals to nil to leave Hamburg stunned.
The visitors managed to net a consolation right at the end. Onana’s goal in the penultimate minute of the regulation time proved to less as Dresden scored another goal in injury time to humiliate the former European Champions.
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