Initially, HSV supporters left their mark in the dispute with the German Football League over the entry of investors. After the break, objects flew into the visitors' penalty area several times. Masked people from the fan bloc then installed five bicycle locks on the goalposts, which had to be removed using flex.
Just under an hour later, the visiting fans stormed off, causing a scandal. Some posters were published against the entry of investors into the bloc. These included hate messages that showed, among other things, 96's Chairman of the Board of Directors, Martin Kind, in the crosshairs.
Referee Soren Storks interrupted the match. Because all the efforts of the 96 players and officials, who had all made their way to the corner, were unsuccessful, Storks sent the teams to the locker room. It appeared that the match was about to be stopped, but after about 25 minutes the banners were raised. But the action will certainly have legal ramifications. This is evident in the case of Dietmar Hopp, who was also targeted by fans. In 2020, police launched an investigation “on suspicion of threats related to a banner and photo poster.”
96 Coach Little: “Football belongs to us as players too”
“We distance ourselves from what happened today,” Hannover coach Stefan Little said. “This had no place on the football field. Today the protest reached its peak as the match was about to be canceled and of course no one wanted that.” The fans will rightly say that football belongs to them. “But football belongs to us as players too. That's why they should let us play,” said the former professional, who preferred to talk only about the “incredibly good game” his team played in a duel in which the two teams were sportingly different. “He demanded everything.”
“The disappointment is very, very big,” Little's counterpart, Tim Walter, said after the defeat. “But I hope we can turn this anger, this challenge into energy next week and win the next game.” The HSV coach did not want to comment on the protests: “I have to worry about sports. I make sure my boys are fit and that they come out of such a situation unscathed.” Everything else should be clarified by those responsible for Board Member Jonas Boldt.
Hannover with a strong first half
However, the northern duel that was lively until the protests became completely irrelevant. In a wild first half, Niccolò Tresoldi put the visitors ahead early after a corner kick (11). After an own goal scored by Hamburg's Guilherme Ramos (21st), the score became 0-2. Mathieu Raab, who was in goal surprisingly for regular goalkeeper Daniel Hoyer Fernandes, had no chance to defend.
After a beautiful goal from Laszlo Benes, Hamburg briefly felt fresh air (24th place), but quickly fell behind again with two goals: Louis Schwab made it 3-1 to the visitors (32nd place). After the suspension of Defense Minister Marcel Halstenberg and the last-minute transfer of Derek Kuhn to Turkey, very few people expected the guests to put in such a performance.
HSV comes back and loses after two expulsions
Several HSV fans whistled farewell to their team during the break and then delayed the restart for a good ten minutes with their actions. The HSV players clearly didn't mind. Less than two minutes had passed when Denis Hadzikadonjic, who had just come on as a substitute, made it 2-3. Which direction will the game go now? At first, it came to a grinding halt because the 96 fans didn't come to the Volkspark (just) to watch the match.
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Then, things could finally get going on the pitch – and how: Robert Glatzel scored first from a corner kick to make it 3-3 (86th). And then, according to video evidence, Hamburg's Benes received a red card (88th) – according to Walter, a “game changer”. Because it's not over yet: Although the match was also stopped due to events in the visitors' area, 16 minutes of extra time were called.
Looking at the table constellation, ten hamburgers were also playing for the win. But the guests took advantage of this coldly. Sebastian Ernst scored the win for the visitors in the eighth minute of stoppage time. The last point was scored inadvertently by Hadzikadonjic, who had to leave the field with a yellow-red card (90+16).
The result was a bitter setback in the promotion race for Hamburg, which lost its third consecutive match at home. With their third win in a row, 96 have a say in the top spots again. “We worked intensely and brutally during the winter break,” the 96 Little coach said happily. “The boys are currently rewarding themselves.”
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