David Abraham, captain of Eintracht Frankfurt, was sent back for overturning Freiburg coach Christian Streich with a WWE-style clothing line when their German Bundesliga game ended in chaos and red cards on Sunday (NZT Monday).
Freiburg was leading 1-0 when the ball came out of play during an injury. Streich let go of the ball as Abraham tried to recover it and the captain of the Frankfurt arm put his arm around the coach, passing him. Nervous players and Freiberg's staff then chased defenders onto the field.
The assistant coach from Friborg, Florian Bruns, received a yellow card, and Vincenzo Grifo, who was already replaced, was shown in red after VAR picked him up, attacking Abraham in close combat.
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Freiburg won the match 1-0 with Nils Petersen's goal in the 77th minute.
Frankfurt, who beat Bayern Munich 5-1 last weekend, received a blow before the break when Gelson Fernandes was thrown with a second yellow card.
The result raised Freiburg to fourth place with 21 points after 11 matches, behind the reigning champions Bayern in terms of goal difference.
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Borussia Monchengladbach increased the league's lead by winning 3: 1 over Werder Bremen in a match preceded by a tribute to goalkeeper Robert Enke on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Players and fans stood in honor of Enke, a former goalkeeper of Hanover and Germany, who took his life exactly ten years ago. The announcer of the stadium talked about the mechanisms of depression and coping before the tribute ended with applause.
Patrick Herrmann scored two goals when Gladbach moved four points above second place in Leipzig before the international break.
The hosts took control of the game with two fast goals in the first half. Ramy Bensebaini was promoted to the highest position in Laszlo Benes's free kick in the 20th minute for his first goal in the Bundesliga, and Herrmann hit 2-0 two minutes later when Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka tried to reach the ball before Marcus Thuram, who led it forward. Herrmann shot the ball well into the unguarded net.
Yuya Osako thought he was responsible for Bremen a few minutes later, but referee Tobias Stieler ruled out after consulting the video replays that showed Milot Rashica fouled Denis Zakaria.
Rashica did not fall well after Zakaria's initial awkward challenge, but touched her calf, which caused the fall of midfielder Gladbach.
Davy Klaassen had another chance to back off, but Yann Sommer saved his penalty in the 53rd minute. He was awarded by VAR for Bensebaini's alleged foul in Osako, which was punished by the defender of Algeria.
Herrmann sealed the result with his second goal in 59th minute, but Bensebaini was late with a second yellow card for a foul on Leonardo Bittencourt and will now be late for his team's next match at the promoted Union Berlin.
Bittencourt scored a good goal after the last throw of the match for Bremen.
Also on Sunday (Monday NZT) Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 in Wolfsburg.