By George Stephens • 11 November 2019 • 12:25
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga game against rivals Freiburg on Sunday ended in scenes of madness when Frankfurt defender and captain David Abraham was sent off for barging over opposition manager Christian Streich.
The incident happened as the game entered stoppage-time with the home side Freiburg holding a slim 1-0 lead.
As the ball went out of play near the home dugout Abraham went chasing after it in order to restart play as quickly as possible.
In running after the ball, Abraham also charged into Streich and left the 54-year-old coach flat out on the deck.
That sparked commotion from the Frieburg bench, with substitutes and coaching staff flying in to front up the 33-year-old Argentine defender.
Members of the opposition bench then flew in, as well as both sets of players, soon joined them, as the game descended into utter madness.
The ref had no hesitation in displaying Abraham a straight red card, while a VAR check following the ensuing melee saw Freiburg midfielder Vincenzo Grifo, who had been substituted on 57 minutes, sent off for his angry reaction from the bench.
Frankfurt were already down to 10 men after former Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes had been sent off for two yellow cards during the first half leaving them with 8 players.
After things had calmed down the action was eventually able to continue, with Freiburg holding onto victory at Schwarzwald-Stadion courtesy of Nils Petersen’s sixth goal of the season with 13 minutes remaining.
No doubt football authorities in Germany will be handing out heavy suspensions!
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