St Pauli faces fine and ban after linesman hit from stands

Friday's German Bundesliga game between St Pauli and Schalke 04 was abandoned a minute before the end of the match after a linesman was hit in the back by a plastic cup full of beer thrown from one of the stands.

St Pauli faces fine and ban after linesman hit from stands
Schiffner just after being hit. Photo: DPA

Schalke 04 had been leading 2-0 against nine-man St Pauli after 89 minutes, when assistant referee Thorsten Schiffner was hit by the missile.

He fell to the ground before quickly getting up uninjured and after consultation with the match referee it was decided to send the players off the pitch and halt proceedings.

“The referee made the right decision; this type of behaviour has no place on the football pitch. It’s a catastrophe for the club,” said St Pauli coach Holger Stanislawski.

Schalke had been on their way to their tenth win of the season before the incident, after goals from Spanish striker Raul (26) and German midfielder Julian Draxler (66).

The official concerned had disallowed a goal which would have given St Pauli the equalizer with a controversial off-side ruling after an hour of play.

St. Pauli now face a heavy fine and a stadium ban by the German football federation.

Promoted last season, the team were down to nine men after 79 minutes.

The Hamburg club were on a run of five consecutive defeats, not counting Friday’s game, and could be relegated on Sunday if VfL Wolfsburg beat Eintracht Frankfurt.

Schalke, who are tenth in the Bundesliga, travel to European champions Inter Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

It is only the seventh time a Bundesliga game has been halted since 1963.


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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.