Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium

Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium
Westfalen statium in Dortmund. Photo: DPA
A 21-year-old football fan fell to his death Wednesday evening at Dortmund's famous Westfalen stadium just before a Germany Cup qualifier, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

“According to the current status of the investigation, witnesses say the young man fell seven metres trying to climb over a handrail near the entrance to the block 13 section of the stands,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

The Olfen man, who was under the influence of alcohol, sustained serious head injuries and died in the hospital shortly after the fall, police said. Investigators will now conduct an autopsy.

Some 73,000 fans were at the game to see Werder Bremen beat Borussia Dortmund 2:1, and most didn’t find out about the tragic death until after the match, daily Bild reported.

“The man was bleeding out of his ears first, then from his nose,” one witness told the paper. “He had a cut on his head. The paramedics were there immediately.”

After the game fans placed a pennant where the man fell, the paper reported.