German league pays tribute to Berlin victims

BERLIN (AFP) – Bundesliga teams paid tribute to the victims of the Berlin Christmas market terror attack before Tuesday s four matches with a minute s silence, while players wore black armbands.

Fans paid their respects at grounds in Dortmund, Moenchengladbach, Hamburg and Frankfurt.

“With this, we would like to show a sense of solidarity with the victims, but also with the citizens of our capital,” Dr Reinhard Rauball, president of the German Football League (DFL), had said earlier in a statement

“The compassion of professional football applies to the survivors, as well as to the numerous injured victims, whom we wish a speedy recovery.

“We are all shaken by what happened on a peaceful Christmas market on Monday evening.”

There will be another minute s silence at a further five grounds across the country on Wednesday, including Hertha Berlin s home match against Darmstadt.

That match will take place at Berlin s Olympic Stadium, seven kilometres (four miles) from Breitscheidplatz where a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 and injuring at least 48 other people.

Bayern Munich host RB Leipzig in a top of the table clash on Wednesday with a sell-out crowd of 75,000 expected at the Allianz Arena.

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