At the Germany Cup in Frankfurt, an altercation between two players escalates. A 15-year-old is beaten brain dead. This is followed by the first reactions.
Frankfurt – It started as an exciting football event, but ended up in hospital for a teenager with life-threatening injuries. The Germany Cup 07 took place on the grounds of the Frankfurt club SV Viktoria Preußen 2023 on the Whitsun weekend. Here, international teams competed against each other at the youth tournament on Saturday (27 May) and Sunday (28 May).
Brawl escalates at Germany Cup in Frankfurt: teenager brain dead
After the final whistle of a game on Sunday, the situation suddenly escalated. As the police and the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt reported, there was a "player tumult" that degenerated into a brawl between two football players. A 16-year-old player from a French football team allegedly hit a 15-year-old boy from Berlin in the head and neck. He suffered life-threatening brain injuries. Later, police and prosecutors said the victim was brain dead. The 16-year-old perpetrator was arrested and is now in custody.
Violence escalated on the sports field of Viktoria Preußen. © 5vision.news
In the meantime, the first reactions from the football world to the incident followed. Among other things, the Frankfurt club, on whose grounds the tournament was held, expressed shock. "The club is deeply saddened and now needs time to come to terms with the incident," said chairman Uwe Henß of SV Viktoria Preußen 07 to RTL.
The Hessian Football Association (HFV) also showed its condolences. "We are shocked that a young person is fighting for his life through violence on a Hessian football field. Our thoughts are with the boy's relatives," said Vice-President Silke Sinning in a statement on Tuesday (30 May). The HFV plans to support the police in solving the case. "We condemn any form of violence and are working with Fairplay Hessen to curb incidents of violence in the context of football as much as possible," said HFV treasurer Jörn Metzler. (kas)