Union Berlin keeper Rafal Gikiewicz has mentioned his spouse known as him an “fool” after he remonstrated with the membership’s followers through the fiery derby in opposition to Hertha Berlin.
The primary ever top-flight Berlin derby between Union and Hertha final Saturday was suspended twice after followers within the Hertha finish lit fireworks and despatched rockets into the stands.
Officiated by referee Deniz Aytekin, play continued and Union Berlin received 1-Zero because of a 90th minute penalty.
There have been ugly scenes when a handful of masked Union Ultras invaded the pitch on the Alte Forsterei and tried to interrupt into the away finish.
They had been stopped by Union keeper Ginkiewicz, who took them on and confirmed them the best way again to the stands.
On Tuesday, he spoke for the primary time about his bravery which received him worldwide consideration.
Chaotic scenes marred Hertha and Union Berlin’s first ever assembly in Germany’s prime flight immediately.
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“My spouse advised me: ‘You might be an fool. You possibly can be harm.’ However I do know fairly a number of of these folks. They’re behind my aim each match,” he mentioned. “I simply wished the membership to not run into extra issues.
“We should always have proven class after our win and simply stay on our aspect, dance and sing with our followers. We win the primary Bundesliga derby in opposition to Hertha. Why are you then silly sufficient to run on to the pitch with masks? I do not get it.
“I advised these folks in German, in English, in Polish to get again to the stands as a result of the membership might face extreme punishment.”