“On behalf of Borussia Dortmund I’d particularly like to thank all the spectators and their sensitivity to the situation,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke after the Bundesliga match against Mainz, in which the result – a 2-0 victory for BVB – was very much in the background.
At the beginning of the second half, news had spread that before and during the match, there had been two tragic accidents in the South West Stand of Signal Iduna Park, in which two spectators had to be resuscitated. “This match showed that there are more important things than sport,” said Watzke.
The unfortunate victims were an 80 year old male and a 55 year old male. The 80 year old sadly succumbed to a heart attack. The 55 year old is in hospital. His condition is said to be stable.
Fans of Borussia Dortmund as well as Mainz produced vocal support for their respective teams after the announcement of the tragic news. In the 88th minute of the match, the South Stand began to sing the football anthem “You’ll never walk alone”. Every one of the 81,000 spectators stood up from their seats and those that had a scarf began to wave them, regardless of whether a Dortmund or Mainz supporter.
“I have to pay my deepest respect. It shows how deeply rooted concepts like honour and respect for others are and can be expressed just like that,” said BVB and League Association President Dr Reinhard Rauball, expressing his gratitude. (br)