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Bayern Munich board apologize for fan disturbances vs. FC Drochtersen/Assel

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Bayern offered to pay for the damages caused by their travelling away fans at the Kehdinger Stadium. Also, Mats Hummels won the club some sympathy for a generous gesture toward Drochtersen’s captain.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup
DROCHTERSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Supporters of Bayern Muenchen are seen with banner prior to the DFB Cup first round match between SV Drochtersen-Assel and Bayern Muenchen at Kehdinger Stadion on August 18, 2018 in Drochtersen, Germany.
SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup DROCHTERSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Supporters of Bayern Muenchen are seen with banner prior to the DFB Cup first round match between SV Drochtersen-Assel and Bayern Muenchen at Kehdinger Stadion on August 18, 2018 in Drochtersen, Germany.
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Per a report by ESPN’s Mark Lovell, Bayern Munich have agreed to pay for the damages caused by their travelling fans during their 1-0 DFB-Pokal win over FC Drochtersen/Assel at the Kehdinger Stadium.

In the beginning of the second half, fans in the away block staged a protest of the DFB and DFL by hurling receipt paper and beach balls onto the pitch, interrupting the match for five minutes and a half minutes. Damage to the stands and fences in the away section at the venue were estimated at around €6,000, which Bayern have agreed to pay in full.

Drochtersen president, Rigo Gooßen admitted that the disturbances marred an otherwise joyous occasion, comparing Drochtersen’s Pokal tie against Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016:

Two years ago, everything was peaceful against [Borussia Monchengladbach]. It’s a shame about these 50 crazy fans. I didn’t expect that and I’m saddened. It has soured a little everything else that went so well.

Although Gooßen was upset over the incident, he noted that Bayern made sure to contact the club, apologize, and offer to pay for all of the damages their unruly fans inflicted:

Bayern’s board made contact with us. Bayern said they were really sorry for what the fans had done.

A kind gesture from Mats Hummels

In addition to the compliance showed by Bayern’s board to pay for the damages, there was also an act of kindness on display after the match from center-back Mats Hummels. Per Sport Bild, Drochtersen captain Sören Behrmann told NDR Sportclub that Hummels came back out of the team cabin after the match had ended to give Behrmann his jersey.

Behrmann had initially thought he had missed his chance while speaking with friends and family:

After the game, I asked him if I could have his jersey. He said I should come to the locker room. But my family and friends held me up for so long. And then he came out of the locker room back onto the pitch and gave me his jersey.

Additionally, Hummels also responded to an Instagram message Behrmann had sent him, in which he thanked the center-back for the kind gesture. In Hummels’s reply, he gave credit to Behrmann and Drochtersen for giving Bayern such a good fight and sent them good wishes moving forward:

This evening, when I was at home, or rather this morning, I then sent him a message (via Instagram) and thanked him. And this afternoon a reply from him arrives. It read: “Very glad to! You guys really made life difficult for us. Best wishes from Munich, and wishing you lots of success.