Erzgebirge Aue goalscorer Dmitrij Nazarov breaks Bundesliga’s social-distancing rules by celebrating with a hug for driver who saved his life with quick reactions after bus was struck by flying debris from car crash the day before draw with Nuremberg
- Players have been urged not to celebrate goals with hugs during the pandemic
- Aue forward Nazarov made an exception for the man he believes saved his life
- He an to the sideline after scoring and embraced bus driver Thomas Romeyke
- The goal secured a 1-1 draw at Nuremburg, leaving Aue sixth in Bundesliga 2
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Bundesliga players have been urged not to celebrate goals with hugs during the coronavirus pandemic but Dmitrij Nazarov made an exception for the man he believes saved his life.
The 30-year-old forward ran to the sideline after scoring from a header for Erzgebirge Aue against Nuremberg in Bundesliga 2 on Friday night and embraced team bus driver Thomas Romeyke.
Nazarov explained on Saturday that Romeyke’s quick reactions saved the Aue team on the journey to the game.
Erzgebirge Aue goalscorer Dmitrij Nazarov broke Bundesliga’s social-distancing rules
Nazarov ran to the sideline after scoring and embraced team bus driver Thomas Romeyke
Romeyke was at the wheel of the team bus the day before the game when it was struck by flying debris from a car crash.
‘He saved our lives, simple as that,’ Nazarov told the MDR regional broadcaster. ‘If he hadn’t reacted as quickly as he did, who knows what would have happened.’
Nazarov said he hoped the German soccer league, known as the DFL, would ‘turn a blind eye to (the hug)’ given the circumstances. The league recommends social distancing during celebrations, which generally means polite elbow bumps rather than bear hugs.
Nazarov respected the goal celebration guidelines with the rest of his team-mates
Coach Dirk Schuster told MDR the Aue team was driving along when ‘suddenly a car comes flying a meter in front of the windshield.’
The bus was damaged and Schuster said he was left covered in glass. News agency DPA reported that no one on board the team bus was hurt, although two people in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The team eventually finished the journey in other vehicles.
Schuster said Aue didn’t consider calling off the game though it was a challenge for the squad to stay focused.
Aue and Nuremburg drew 1-1, leaving Aue sixth in the league and still with a slight chance of winning promotion to the top division for next season. Nuremburg is 15th and trying to avoid relegation.
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