Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has officially terminated the contract of 34-year-old central defender Emir Spahic with immediate effect after he fought with club security following a DFB-Pokal loss to Bayern Munich at BayArena on Wednesday.
Spahic was substituted off after 90 minutes as his club went to extra time and then a penalty shootout. Following the loss, video captured a massive brawl on the touchline as Spahic went after an unidentified individual and multiple security members held him back.
Things seemed to calm down as both parties slowly let go, but Spahic wouldn’t give up the fight, pursuing his target and things peaked as he randomly headbutted a steward. As a result, the club today confirmed it has cut all ties with the Bosnian defender. Spahic was an important part of the club, making 22 league appearances this season plus 14 more in other competitions.
“Bayer 04 will terminate the contract of defender Emir Spahic through 2016 by mutual agreement with immediate effect” the club wrote on Twitter.
Cologne police also confirmed following the match that they are investigating the incident and will review the situation after a criminal complaint was filed. In addition, Spahic himself confirmed he would miss the rest of the season due to the ankle injury for which he was substituted off against Bayern.
Following the match, Bayer manager Roger Schmidt confirmed he saw the video and said, “That is not the player I know. He has an important role for us on the pitch, which involves him having a physical presence. But, away from the game, he has always conducted himself in a proper matter.” Club captain Simon Rolfes took a different stance, dedicating Saturday’s league win over Mainz to the steward who was headbutted.
Here is the video of the entire incident, likely filmed by a supporter in the stands: