German keeper seeks damages from Austrian clubs

August 19, 2011

Former goalkeeper Georg Koch is seeking damages from Austrian football clubs Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna for what he says are health problems caused by an exploding firecracker thrown on the field three years ago.

The Kurier newspaper says that Koch has filed a claim with FIFA against the two teams seeking ?912,000 ($1.3 million) in compensation for tinnitus - or ringing in the ears - and problems with his balance as a result of the incident.

FIFA confirmed Friday that Koch, a German who played for Rapid, had filed a claim but declined to disclose further details.

Koch says his health problems are a result of the firecracker exploding near him during an Aug. 24, 2008 match between the two teams.