Freiburg’s Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt descended into chaos after David Abraham absolutely wiped out Christian Streich.
The 54-year-old was slammed to the ground by Frankfurt captain Abraham in stoppage time as his side chased an equaliser at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Freiburg won 1-0 thanks to Nils Petersen’s 77th-minute goal.
As the ball went out of play, the centre-back went to retrieve it and inexplicably shoved Streich into the ground and duly sparked a melee.
The benches of both sides duly cleared as the Frankfurt players remonstrated with Abraham, with lots of pushing and shoving taking place.
Referee Felix Brych had no choice but to send the veteran off after his moment of madness, which could so easily have been avoided.
“He felt provoked, but that shouldn’t happen … he knows that,” Frankfurt’s sporting director, Fredi Bobic, said of Abraham.
“There will be consequences for everyone involved.”
Streich said Abraham apologised to him afterwards and the coach considered the issue to be over.
“Football is a contact sport,” said Streich, who said he tried to brace himself pre-contact. “That was on the wrong side of it though.
“It was a heated game, we need to calm down, it’s done, and not have silly talk about it now.
“At 54 you can be run over by a young buffalo; you can’t hold yourself against it anymore.”