That night (1.30 a.m.) VfL Bochum published a statement on the Beer Mug Toss.
In the game against Gladbach, a fan hit the linesman in the head with a plastic cup. The game was then stopped.
In the club announcement, the club apologizes to the hit referee assistant Christian Gittelmann (41) and announced clarification: “The focus is now on identifying the perpetrators, the evaluation of the pictures is still ongoing. VfL hopes for a quick clarification and will actively support the police in their investigations. Anyone who can provide relevant information for identification, please contact the Bochum police station.”
It is also clear what the culprit is threatened with: “For example, stadium ban, club exclusion or confiscation of the season ticket.” VfL also reserves the right to claim damages. In the event of a possibly threatening ghost game, VfL would have significant financial losses.
Finally, in its statement, VfL reaffirmed what actually defines the club: “We stand for tolerance and fair play. Throwing cups and objects is definitely not one of them.”