German friendly abandoned after referee fouled
A friendly match between Benfica and Fortuna Duesseldorf was
abandoned in the 39th minute on Saturday when the referee was
knocked to the ground shortly after sending off a player.
Television footage showed Benfica captain Luisao protesting
referee Christian Fischer’s decision to eject teammate Javi Garcia.
Brazilian international Luisao then appeared to shove Fischer, who
lay on the ground for several seconds before getting up and walking
off the pitch.
Duesseldorf said in a statement on its Web site that Fischer
received treatment from its team doctor but decided against
resuming the match.
Newly promoted Duesseldorf will play in the Bundesliga this