Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge were at Signal Iduna Park to watch their Bayern Munich side take on Borussia Dortmund in the season’s first der Klassiker. Unfortunately for Hoeness and Rummenigge, Dortmund came out 3-2 winners after coming from behind twice and are now four points clear of second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, and seven points clear of Bayern.
To make matters worse, midway through the second half fans inside the Westfalenstadion threw beer at Hoeness and Rummenigge (per az). The incident occurred right around the 73rd minute mark when Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund’s third goal of the match, and the ultimate winner. The incident appears to have been some sort of retribution from the Dortmund fans for the buoyant manner in which Hoeness celebrated Bayern’s second goal. Both Hoeness and Rummenigge were rightfully agitated and were trying to locate the fans in the stands behind them that threw the beer their way, but it’s still unclear who, exactly, drenched the Bayern bosses. After the final whistle, the members of Bayern’s front office that were in attendance all walked across the field to get to the team tunnel and received an earful of whistles and jeers from the Dortmund fans.
The disrespectful incident put a slight stain on what was otherwise a thoroughly entertaining encounter that well and truly lived up to its billing. Unfortunately for Bayern, they’ve now already tasted defeat for the third time this season, just one less than their total from the entire season in 2017/2018. In addition to the frustrations of more dropped points, Bayern could also be hit with a fine from the DFL for the pyrotechnics that were set off in the away block at the Westfalenstadion at the start of the second half. The smoke billowed above the pitch for a good portion of the start of the second half and then the fireworks from there on out were provided by the absolutely enthralling 45 minutes that unfolded.