Wolfsburg's coach Niko Kovac doesn't notice anything after the cup game, but the reports are piling up. Carl Zeiss Jena fans harassed several VfL pros after the final whistle and apparently even attacked them physically. The DFB and the fourth division announce that they will examine the incident closely.
After VfL Wolfsburg's DFB Cup game at Carl Zeiss Jena, players from the Bundesliga soccer club were apparently harassed by opposing fans. As reported by "Kicker", among others, VfL pros Pavao Pervan, Kevin Paredes, Jakub Kaminski, Bartol Franjic and Bartosz Bialek were attacked by supporters of the regional league on the way to the team bus. There were also shoves before the players were able to withdraw to a "secured area" shortly afterwards. Accordingly, some Jena fans are said to have tried to de-escalate.
There had previously been arguments in the stadium between "few fans of both clubs". According to "Sport1", the Wolfsburg professionals are said to have been "completely unprotected" on the way to the bus, "Securities or police officers were not present," the report says. The "Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung" writes that there were bumps, insults and even spitting attacks. Substitute keeper Pervan was beaten.
On Sunday, the German Football Association (DFB) announced investigations by its control committee at the beginning of the new week. "We will investigate the events," said committee chairman Anton Nachreiner. Jena also announced on its website that it would evaluate the events together with the stadium operator, the police and the security services at the beginning of the coming week "in order to identify the perpetrators and to take further steps by filing criminal charges and issuing house bans".
"I personally didn't see anything. If that's the case, then of course it's not what we as football fans, football fans or football fanatics want to see," said VfL coach Niko Kovac at the press conference on the incident: "Those who are responsible for will certainly be sanctioned accordingly." Wolfsburg had won the game 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal from Omar Marmoush and thus reached the second round.