A tribute to the 15-year-old Berliner, who died after being attacked by a player of the Metz club, will be paid during the final of the Euro-2023 under-17 between France and Germany, announced Thursday the German federation.
At the U17 match in Budapest on Friday night, "the two teams will come together for a joint photo with a banner and the message +Together against violence+," the German federation (DFB) said in a statement. In addition, "an announcement" will be made in the stands and "a minute of silence" will be observed before the kick-off of the final, at 20:00 local. Players will also wear a mourning armband.
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This inconceivable, sad and shocking act in a youth football tournament leaves us speechless but not without deeds. On the contrary: it is a final invitation for all of us to oppose violence more resolutely, both in football and in society as a whole," said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf.
On Thursday evening, the kick-off of the first leg of the play-off between Stuttgart (sixteenth in the Bundesliga) and Hamburg (third in the second division) will also be preceded at 20:45 by a minute of silence, after the drama that took place in Frankfurt. The German Cup final between RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin's Olympic Stadium will also be preceded by a moment of contemplation on Saturday (20:00).
The 16-year-old, suspected of having delivered the fatal blows, is still in pre-trial detention
Last Sunday, during an international youth team tournament held in Frankfurt on the Whitsun weekend, a 15-year-old JFC Berlin player was very seriously injured after a match against FC Metz. He died "as a result of his serious brain injuries," police said in a statement Wednesday.
The 16-year-old, suspected of having carried out the fatal blows, is still in pre-trial detention, said the Frankfurt police, who continue their investigation into the course of events. It is part of one of the training programs of the French club FC Metz, which plays in the French 2nd division. His nationality has not been specified, neither by the German police nor by FC Metz.