Violence escalated on the sports field of Viktoria Preußen. © 5vision.news
After the death of the teenager in the aftermath of a brawl at the Germany Cup in Frankfurt, the alleged perpetrator spoke out.
Update from Thursday, June 01, 18:58 p.m.: The teenager, who is said to have killed another boy after a youth football match, does not want to have acted on purpose. When the arrest warrant was announced, he is said to have said that he could not remember hitting. It was therefore all a big "mess", said the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt, Nadja Niesen, on Thursday (1 June) of the German Press Agency.
The club FC Metz, where the alleged attacker is going through the performance program for young players, reacted with dismay to the death of the Berliner. "The entire FC Metz is deeply shocked by this drama and expresses its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the young player," it said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
At the Bundesliga relegation match on Thursday evening between VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV, the late football player from Berlin will be commemorated before kick-off. This was announced by the German Football League.
Teenager dies after brawl at football tournament – prosecutor's office gives details
Update from Wednesday, May 31, 15:15 p.m.: The 15-year-old, who was knocked unconscious by an opponent at the Germany Cup in Frankfurt on Whit Sunday, died in hospital. This was announced by the police on Wednesday afternoon (31 May). "To clarify the cause of death, an autopsy will be carried out in the next few days," it continues.
In the morning, details of the arrest warrant against the 16-year-old perpetrator from the French city of Metz had become known. The charge was for dangerous bodily injury resulting in death, the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office confirmed. The teenager is still in custody.
The 15-year-old from Berlin was declared brain dead on Tuesday (May 30). According to a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office, the 15-year-old will be an organ donor. "In preparation for organ removal, he is currently still held on machines," said spokeswoman Nadja Niesen.
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+++ 20.32 PM: The consternation over the tragic incident at the "Germany Cup" in Frankfurt is great in the local football scene. "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," the Hessian Football Association quoted HFV Vice President Prof. Dr. Silke Sinning as saying in a press release. Stunned, the association should have learned of the violent incident at the weekend, the statement continued.
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Goran Culjak, chairman of the Frankfurt Referees' Association, also received the news of the violence with great regret. For several years, Culjak has been warning against violence on the sports fields – especially against the referees. "There were enough warning signs," he said in an interview with the FR. Unfortunately, something always has to happen first for people to act.
For criminologist Thaya Vester from the University of Tübingen, the escalation at the "Germany Cup" was "in a way a matter of time". In football, violent confrontations have often resulted in punches in the head area, she said in an interview with the FR. An inch further up or down could appear about life and death. "Those who have not yet understood that there is a problem must have understood it by now at the latest," Vester demanded.
Teenager beaten in Frankfurt – lawyer speaks of "slap in the face"
+++ 17.29 PM: Two days after the terrible incident at the "Germany Cup" in Frankfurt, the investigation continues. After the beating after a game in which a 15-year-old from Berlin suffered life-threatening injuries and, according to the prosecutor's office, is said to be "brain dead", the lawyer of the alleged perpetrator spoke out. At the same time, the rescue service defends itself against the allegations of lawyer Seyed Iranbomy.
According to Iranbomy, the 16-year-old from Metz, France, only gave his opponent a "slap in the face" in self-defense, as he told the Frankfurter Rundschau. In addition, the emergency doctor and fire brigade had only arrived at the sports grounds in Eckenheim long after the emergency call had been made. The Frankfurt fire brigade objected to this account and submitted the operational protocol to the FR.
Both the JFC Berlin, the victim's association, and the investigators do not want to give any further information at this time. The Hessian Football Association, the organizer of SGF tournaments and politicians from the Römer reacted dismayed by the incident.
Prosecutor's office declares victim "brain dead"
Update from Tuesday, May 30, 10:39 a.m.: After the escalation of violence on Sunday afternoon (28 May) at a football tournament on the grounds of SV Viktoria Preußen in Frankfurt-Eckenheim, the police and the public prosecutor's office have released further information. When asked, the public prosecutor's office said that the victim - a 15-year-old from Berlin - was brain dead. An official of the Hessian Football Association and the lawyer of the alleged perpetrator had initially stated that the teenager had died. We also reported this in an earlier version of this article.
According to previous findings, there was a player tumult around 16:10 p.m., after the final whistle of a football match, which escalated into a brawl between the players.
Escalation of violence on the football field in Frankfurt: Police set up portal for witnesses
A 16-year-old player from a French football team is said to have hit a 15-year-old Berlin player against the head or neck. As a result, the victim sank to the ground, according to a report from the police and the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt. The 15-year-old had to be resuscitated and taken to a nearby hospital in Frankfurt. There, the doctors found life-threatening brain injuries.
The 16-year-old was arrested and brought before a magistrate the following day. He issued a pre-trial arrest warrant.
The police ask witnesses who can provide information on the facts of the case to contact the criminal investigation department at 069 / 755 - 51199 or any other police station. In addition, a portal has been set up through which witnesses can upload images and video material and make it available to investigators.
At the Germany Cup in Frankfurt, violence escalates: teenager beaten to brain death
First report from Monday, May 29, 23:02 p.m.: A teenager has been declared brain dead in hospital after a brawl at a football tournament on the Whitsun weekend in Frankfurt. Initially, among other things, an official of the Hessian Football Association and the lawyer of the alleged perpetrator had declared that the boy had died. According to the lawyer, the alleged perpetrator is a 16-year-old from France, who was brought before a magistrate on Monday.
The incident occurred at the 2023 Germany Cup, an international youth football tournament that takes place in twelve different German cities. Among other things, the games of the U-17 teams were played on Whit Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of SV Viktoria Preußen in Frankfurt-Eckenheim. According to an eyewitness, a Berlin club met a French club in the semi-finals. Berlin had a 1-0 lead when the referee blew the final whistle. After provocations, a brawl broke out between the two teams.
Germany Cup in Frankfurt: According to witnesses, a teenager got a blow to the head
This was also confirmed by the police on FR request. Several people were injured. The teenager probably got a blow to the head in the altercation and was taken to the hospital.
The police did not release any further information late Monday evening. The tournament organizer and the board of Viktoria Preußen could not be reached on Monday evening.
Teenager knocked down in Frankfurt - resuscitation attempt on the football field
At 17:22 p.m., the Frankfurt fire department had tweeted that a teenager had "suddenly lost consciousness" at a football tournament and had to be resuscitated by first responders. When the player showed "regular circulatory signs" again, he was taken to the hospital.
The police have started the investigation and want to announce further details in the course of the day. (Timur Tinç/Sarah Bernhard/Florian Dörr/dpa)
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