Bayer Leverkusen: Serious injury – English fan hit by sweeper in Cologne

Bayer Leverkusen Before the duel in Leverkusen

Serious injury – English football fan hit by sweeper in Cologne

As of: 11:40 a.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes

The accident occurred near Cologne Cathedral

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There is a tragedy to mourn in the West Ham United fan camp. A club supporter suffered life-threatening injuries ahead of their Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen this Thursday evening. The reason is a chain of unfortunate circumstances.

Before Bayer Leverkusen’s game against West Ham United, an English football fan was hit by a sweeper near Cologne Cathedral and suffered life-threatening injuries. The 68-year-old was hit by the machine at a pedestrian traffic light and pushed in front of it, said a police spokesman in Cologne on Thursday.

The machine then collided with a traffic light pole, and the driver of the machine was also injured. The accident occurred on Wednesday evening. The Brit is said to have traveled with a group to watch the game in Leverkusen this Thursday. He suffered serious head injuries. According to witnesses, the pedestrian traffic light was red when the accident occurred. The 68-year-old is now said to be out of danger.

Bayer Leverkusen will play the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League against West Ham United (9 p.m., in the WELT sports ticker). The Werkself want to keep their chance of winning a treble of three titles in this duel. Coach Xabi Alonso’s team goes into the first meeting as favorites. Leverkusen is unbeaten in 41 competitive games this season. In the Bundesliga, the Rhinelanders can complete the first championship in the club’s history at the weekend in the game against Werder Bremen on Sunday (5.30 p.m., also in the WELT sports ticker). Bayer 04 are also in the final of the DFB Cup. The opponent on May 25th is second division team 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Personnel setback for West Ham United

However, it wasn’t until the round of 16 that Leverkusen experienced that they couldn’t rest, even as clear favorites. Against Karabakh Agdam from Azerbaijan, only two goals from attacker Patrik Schick in stoppage time ensured progress. West Ham United, on the other hand, will have to do without their top goalscorer Jarrod Bowen in Leverkusen. “Jarrod is not with us, he twisted his knee,” said coach David Moyes.

The 27-year-old was substituted early in the second half of the 2-1 Premier League win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday. Bowen has scored 15 goals in the league this season. “He is an England international and we know how important he is to our team so we will miss him,” Moyes said.


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