On Saturday afternoon, Schalke and Leverkusen played in Gelsenkirchen. While the match itself didn’t offer much drama on the pitch, the stands were fighting for their lives. Unfortunately unsuccessfully.
Saturday’s match between Schalke and Leverkusen had a fairly clear favourite. Despite being the visitors, it was Bayer who had to do without Patrik Schick and Adam Hložek. Both were also missing on the bench for health reasons.
However, Alex King spent the whole 90 minutes in the home team’s jersey and had to bite the bitter defeat 0:3, which was scored by Jeremie Frimpong, Florian Wirtz and Sardar Azmoun.
While there wasn’t much drama on the pitch as Leverkusen had the upper hand throughout the game, it was a different story in the stands. During the game, one of the home fans collapsed in the south stand.
Immediately after the collapse, the fan received quick medical treatment. Fans in the stadium were asked to stop chanting and waving flags. However, despite the quick arrival of emergency medical services and several attempts at resuscitation, the fan’s life could not be saved.
It is still unclear why the collapse occurred in the first place. The death of the fan was then reported by Schalke’s club website.
“We are saddened to report that the fan who collapsed in the south stand has died despite attempts at resuscitation. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Rest in peace,” Schalke’s Twitter account read.
“This news just shows that there are more important things than the results of a football match and than our loss. My condolences to the family,” Schalke coach Thomas Reis commented on the tragedy.
Schalke’s post was also shared on social media by Alex King, who offered his condolences.
Source: AP News, Schalke 04
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