Shocking scenes ensued in the Bundesliga on matchday eleven
That is when SC Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt locked heads.
With both teams vying for a top-four spot, things got heated, resulting in a full-scale brawl at the end when Frankfurt captain David Abraham knocked Freiburg coach Christian Streich to the ground.
Freiburg welcomed Eintracht Frankfurt to the Dreisamstadion for the late kick-off on November 10, 2019, with both sides hoping to conclude matchday 11 by sealing a top-four spot. The two teams were locked in a close battle during the entirety of the first half with neither being able to find a way past the other. However, the home side were handed a huge advantage just before half-time when Frankfurt midfielder Gelson Fernandes received his marching orders.
Nonetheless, Die Adler hung on with ten men for much of the second half, before Nils Peterson broke their resolve in the seventy-seventh minute. With the home side leading, Frankfurt through bodies forward in search of an equalizer.
Frankfurt through bodies forward relentlessly, hoping to nab an unlikely equalizer. However, things went from bad to worse for Adi Hutter’s men when captain David Abraham got himself sent off for knocking Freiburg coach Christian Streich to the floor. Abraham and Vincenzo Grifo were both sent off, the former for his foul and the latter for his involvement in the ensuing brawl.
“David Abraham shouldn’t do something like that,” director Bobic told Kicker. “His emotions got the better of him and he felt like he was being provoked, but something like that should not happen. There will be consequences for all involved.”
Freiburg boss Streich said: “I’m not a particularly vindictive person. He has apologised and the matter is done.
“Football is a contact sport. That was on the wrong side of it, though,” he continued. “It was a heated game, we need to calm down, it’s done, and not have silly talk about it now. At 54 you can be run over by a young buffalo; you can’t hold yourself against it anymore.”
Eintracht Frankfurt will now face Wolfsburg on matchday twelve without Fernandes and Abraham, while a Grifo-less Freiburg will travel to Bayer Leverkusen.