May 23, 2018

Monday night blues. German fan fury triggers protests at Eintracht Frankfurt

23 February 2018, 01:41 | Kenneth Drake

Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita sparks 22-man brawl during RB Leipzig's loss to Eintracht Frankfurt

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The game remained opened though and although Leipzig lost Keita to what appeared to be a hamstring injury, Ralph Hasenhüttl threw Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner into the action, but neither were able to turn the tide as Frankfurt held on for a significant win in their quest for Champions League football.

Having started the weekend in second, Leipzig dropped to fifth.

If Monday night football is to become a regular thing in the Bundesliga, then future games will have trouble living up to the drama and sheer entertainment that this game served up.

The match was the first of five Monday night games scheduled to be played in the Bundesliga this season, a decision which has angered supporters.

"As a Bundesliga club, we have to accept this and be able to deal with protest culture", Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann had told regional television station Hessische Rundfunk in the build-up to the match.

Kickoff was delayed for six minutes and the game began to a cacophony of whistles from the home supporters.

Jean-Kevin Augustin gave Leipzig a 13th minute lead after they threaded their way through the Frankfurt defence with a slick passing move, but the hosts hit back with two goals in five minutes.

The whistling finally subsided in the 22nd when Chandler equalized, poking the ball home from close range after a corner, four minutes before Ante Rebic set up Boateng to complete the turnaround.

Within the fractious atmosphere one fan even died of a heart attack, according to Associated Press.

"It is obviously not a normal evening, but everything unfolded peacefully", injured Frankfurt forward Alex Meier told Eurosport.

The second half was also delayed as Frankfurt fans launched toilet paper and tennis balls onto the pitch.

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