The Sports Court of the German Football Association (DFB) has ruled that the Bundesliga match between VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach, which was abandoned last Friday (March 18, 2022), was won by Mönchengladbach 2-0. The match had been stopped by referee Benjamin Cortus in the 69th minute with the score at 2-0 in favour of the visitors, after assistant referee Christian Gittelmann had a cup filled with a beverage thrown against the back of his head. The assistant referee was injured as a result and had to be taken to hospital. VfL Bochum 1848 immediately inquired about the health of the person hit after the game was stopped and asked for an apology for the incident.
Furthermore, immediately after the match was abandoned, VfL began sifting through evidence and searching for eyewitnesses in order to provide the best possible and most comprehensive support for the investigations by the police and the public prosecutor’s office. All available evidence was handed over to the police. The investigations of the public prosecutor’s office led to the fact that a suspicion against a 38-year-old persom from Bochum resulted. In the course of the interrogation, he did not offer any statements. Further investigations are continuing.
VfL Bochum 1848 continues to condemn this incident in the strongest possible terms and continues to support the police and the public prosecutor’s office in their efforts to convict the perpetrator. Nevertheless, it was and is the duty of VfL Bochum 1848 to protect the rights of the club in the context of the scheduled sports court proceedings. In doing so, VfL has always emphasised that it will accept reasonable decisions by the DFB. The ruling of the DFB sports court on the match evaluation is now available. VfL Bochum 1848 accepts this decision and will not appeal the ruling.