Bochum v Borussia Monchengladbach abandoned after assistant referee hit on head with cup of beer

Bochum’s Bundesliga meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday evening was abandoned on 71 minutes after an assistant referee was hit on the head with a cup of beer.

With Gladbach leading 2-0, an assistant was struck with an object from the stands – believed to be a cup of beer.

The actions prompted a stinging response from the club’s Twitter account.

“Delay in the game,” it read.

“Some idiot has thrown something towards the pitch and hit the linesman. The game has been delayed. Incredibly stupid and irresponsible behaviour, it has no place in a stadium! Idiot idiot idiot. Hopefully the linesman is ok.”

Referee Benjamin Cortus called a halt to the game before opting to abandon the match a short time later.

“We can only formally apologise to linesman Christian Gittelmannn. A highly embarrassing and bitter evening for us. An extremely stupid action from an idiotic fan.”

The incident took place a few hours after Bochum had posted a video on Twitter urging fans to drink their beer rather than throw it from the stands.

More to follow…