The German Bundesliga is one of the last places you’d expect to find a clash between a footballer and a fan, but Sunday’s match between Hamburg and Hannover ended in disgrace when home midfielder Paolo Guerrero struck a fan with a plastic bottle.
The trouble started when Guerrero was making his way towards the tunnel at the end of the dull goalless draw. With rumours circulating that Guerrero was verbally abused as he was making his exit, the Hamburg player turned toward his own fans flanking the gangway, stared upwards, before hurling his plastic drink bottle at a burly 30-something year old fan and striking him in the head.
Guerrero is now likely to face punishment for his assault.
“This is completely unacceptable. There will be according consequences.” – Hamburg president Bernd Hoffmann.
“This can not happen even though there was extreme abuse. We will talk to the player.” – Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia.
Footage of the crazy incident can be seen here.