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Hamburg file complaint against pitch invader who attacked Franck Ribery

A fan stormed onto the pitch and slapped Franck Ribery in the face with a Hamburg scarf

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Hamburg SV have lodged a complaint against one of their supporters, who ran onto the pitch and attacked winger Franck Ribery in Wednesday's 3-1 German Cup loss to Bayern Munich.


The fan, wearing a Hamburg top, stormed onto the pitch in second-half stoppage time, approached the Frenchman and slapped him in the face with a Hamburg scarf.



He then had time to make an obscene gesture before being caught by security and escorted out at the end of an otherwise peaceful and entertaining encounter.

“The club distances itself from the alleged ‘HSV fan’,” Hamburg said in a statement on Thursday.

“He was handed over to police. The club has already filed a complaint and will also issue a stadium ban for the man.”

Hamburg had already apologized late on Wednesday to Bayern and their player via Twitter.