EKevin-Prince Boateng wanted to get rid of the message. “I would like to say one thing briefly because I heard there was a storm of shit going on against Niederlechner because he was sitting on the bench and talking on the phone,” the Hertha pro said after 1-3 at the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim sports studio ZDF.
In the 58th minute, TV cameras caught Hertha striker Florian Niederlechner (32), who was substituted at half-time, looking at his mobile phone display on the bench. “He called on the phone to find out how things were on the table. I would like to ask that the young man be left alone. Because if you are in a relegation battle, you will see what the table is like,” said the 36-year-old.
Niederlechner himself explained on social media: “Dear Hertha fans. Completely unfortunate scene. But I checked the results of other participants only with my comrades!!! No more!! I just want to stay in the league!”
He didn’t like what he saw. Hertha dropped to 16th in the play-offs with a loss to Hoffenheim, just one goal difference from the straight relegation zone.
In front of 25,027 spectators in Sinsheim, Andrej Kramaric first took Hoffenheim’s first victory in 2023 with a hand penalty (24th minute) and then with a penalty kick (37th minute) and Ichlas Bebow (51st). Hoffenheim’s Munas Dabbur later accomplished the feat of seeing a red card just two minutes into the field after kicking Dodi Lukebakio to the calf from behind (71 ft).
However, the Berliners could not get much from the majority: only Stevan Jovetić scored an honorable goal in the second minute of injury time, making the score 1:3 in favor of the harmless Hertha, who made their tenth away bankruptcy this season.
A few days after the presentation of the new investor 777 Partner, who brings with him 100 million euros, remains in the class is still in the balance. Due to the unstable situation in both clubs, children from the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis youth fire brigade in red helmets ran in before the match.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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