Boateng defends Niederlechner after a cell phone look
Ewanted a message Kevin Prince Boateng still get rid of. “I would like to say one thing briefly because I heard that there was a shitstorm against Niederlechner because he was sitting on the bench and on the phone,” said the Hertha professional after the 1:3 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the ZDF sports studio.
In the 58th minute, TV cameras caught Hertha striker Florian Niederlechner (32), who had been substituted at half-time, looking at his mobile phone display on the substitutes’ bench. “He was on the phone to see how the table is. I would like to ask that the young man be left alone. Because if you’re in a relegation battle, then you’ll see how the table is,” said the 36-year-old.
Niederlechner himself explained on social media: “Dear Hertha fans. Absolutely unfortunate scene. But I only checked the results of the other competitors with my fellow players!!! Not more!! I just want to stay up in the league!”
He couldn’t like what he saw. The Hertha has slipped down to relegation place 16 due to the defeat at the previous bottom of the table Hoffenheim, only removed from the direct relegation zone by the goal difference.
In front of 25,027 spectators in Sinsheim Andrei Kramaric first by hand (24th minute) and then by penalty kick (37th) and Ihlas Bebou (51st) with their goals for Hoffenheim’s first victory in 2023. Hoffenheim’s Munas Dabbur later pulled off the feat of seeing the red card just two minutes after coming on after kicking Dodi Lukebakio in the calf from behind (71′).
However, the Berliners were not able to gain much from the majority: Only Stevan Jovetic scored the honorary goal in the second minute of injury time to make it 1: 3 for the harmless Hertha, who conceded their tenth away bankruptcy this season.
A few days after the presentation of the new investor 777 Partner, who brings 100 million euros with him, staying in the class is still in the balance. Appropriate to the precarious situation at both clubs, the running-in children came from the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis youth fire brigade before kick-off and wore red helmets.