By Chris Wright
Bayer Leverkusen have sacked defender Emir Spahic after the Bosnia-Herzegovina centre-back was filmed brawling with the club’s security guards after Lverkusen’s recent DFB Pokal quarter-final defeat against Bayern Munich.
Spahic, 34, was seen aiming a head-butt at a steward during an altercation at the side of the pitch shortly after Leverkusen had been dumped out of the cup on penalties.
The spat reportedly began when the security staff refused to allow Spahic’s friends entry to the dressing room area at the BayArena.
According to ESPN FC, Cologne’s public prosecutor are involved in the case, and Leverkusen say they are co-operating fully with the investigation.
“The latest revelations from the case last Wednesday leave us no other choice,” said Michael Schade, Leverkusen’s managing director.
“After video evidence emerged that shocked and upset all of us, we could not wait for the outcome of the legal investigation or a possible criminal case, but had to think about the club’s immediate response.”
“We sat down with Emir and found an amicable solution. Emir regrets his actions and is very sorry.
“We wish him all the best for his future path.”
Spahic has publicly accepted responsibility for the incident and agreed to the termination of his contract, which had two further years left to run.
“I regret my behaviour,” the veteran defender said.
“I want to apologise to those involved and their families. I know I’ve also caused the club huge problems.
“It was a great honour to be part of this brilliant team. I wish my friends in the team and the whole club, as well as Bayer Leverkusen’s outstanding fans, the very best for the great future that lies ahead of this club.”
Spahic had actually injured his knee during the Bayern game and had to be subbed off after the end of normal time.
He’s since been ruled out for the next four weeks which, handily, he can now spend finding himself a new club.