Brutal attack on a referee at the district league soccer game of TSV Eller 04 II against Garather SV on Sunday in Düsseldorf. After his yellow-red card a Garather player beat the referee Seyit C. (59 y/o).
“I fell on my back and couldn’t breathe anymore”, Seyit C. told the newspaper Rheinische Post, adding:”I had already had to send one player off the pitch early because of repeated foul play. The player who was cautioned and then attacked me, I sent him off the field after another foul. Then the blows began to beat him and the referee fell to the ground. With a crushed larynx, the man is taken to the university hospital.The perpetrator, a Syrian (23 y/o) without current residence permit, jumps into his car, flees, but is quickly caught. He is under investigation for dangerous bodily injury. On Monday he was brought before the magistrate because of the risk of absconding, but he remained at large.Peter Heinen (56 y/o), first chairman of Garather SV, said to the tabloid BILD: “The player does not have to appear on the premises of our football club for the rest of his life”.