DFB to rule on Hertha relegation match appeal

The German football federation says it will rule on Friday on

Hertha Berlin’s appeal against the result of a relegation match

that saw the team demoted from the Bundesliga.

Hertha drew with second-division club Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-2 on

Tuesday after chaotic scenes which forced the referee to halt the

game three times.

The capital’s only top-division club appealed the result

claiming a pitch invasion two minutes from the end prevented

players from scoring the winning goal and staying in the


Meanwhile, Duesseldorf police said on Friday that match referee

Wolfgang Stark has filed a criminal complaint against a player for

assaulting him off the pitch.

Police spokesman Markus Niesczery declined to say which player

or team was involved.