German footballer Toni Leistner filmed jumping into stands to fight fan
Hamburg defender Toni Leistner has been filmed attacking a Dynamo Dresden fan — after breaking off from an interview to climb into the stands.
The astonishing scenes at the end of Dresden’s 4-1 German Cup win sparked uproar in the crowd of 10,053 — the biggest in Germany since the coronavirus lockdown started in March, The Sun reports.
And the summer recruit from English club QPR went far further than the notorious moment Premier League star Eric Dier confronted a Tottenham supporter in March.
After losing to his old club and home town team, Leistner strode up the stairway, appearing to push a fan in the chest, then shoving him further backwards onto the floor.
Other supporters intervened in an attempt to push the 30-year-old centre-back away.
And as Leinster raised his hand to try to point at the fan he tackled, he was guided back down the stands.
German footballer Toni Leistner says his wife and child were verbally abused.Source:The Sun
One report in Germany claimed it was just a “random” fan that saw Leistner snap, but he claimed after the match he lost it because the fan had verbally abused his wife and daughter.
“After the match in my hometown, I was verbally abused from the stands. I can usually cope with it,” Leistner said.
“But this was extremely and massively below the belt, against my family, my wife and my daughter.
“That’s when I lost it, even more so because it was already an extremely emotional match for me. Regardless, this should have never happened to me.
“I am a father who wants to serve as a role model. I apologise in all forms and can only promise that — no matter what insults are thrown my way — this will never happen again.”
Dresden has also issued a statement to confirm the club is investigating the incident.
“Disgraceful post-match insults against Toni Leistner from a fan of his hometown club,” the club said.
German footballer Toni Leistner says admits he lost it.Source:The Sun
“We are looking for that person because we will not let this incident stand like that. We’d like to thank 99.9 per cent of those attending the match today for their support.”
Back in March, Dier clambered up the Tottenham Stadium stands to remonstrate with one of his own team’s fans.
The supporter was said to have verbally abused the England ace in front of the 26-year-old ‘s family — after Norwich KO’d Spurs on penalties in the FA Cup.
Dier was banned for four games and fined $70,000 (£40,000).
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