Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that they have decided to sack defender Emir Spahic after shocking scenes saw him get into a brawl with stewards and ended up with head-butting one of them.
In a statement on their official website, the Bundesliga side confirmed that the Bosnian had accepted responsibility for the incident and agreed that his contract should be terminated with immediate effect.
Spahic’s actions were captured on video from the stands after they had been dumped out of the DFB Pokal – Germany’s cup competition – on penalties by league leaders Bayern Munich. According to the Guardian, he was angered at some friends not being allowed into the team dressing room after the game.
Pep Guardiola’s side won 5-3 on spot kicks after the game finished 0-0 at the BayArena and will face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals at the end of the month. Cologne’s public prosecutor has got involved in the case and Leverkusen have insisted they are cooperating.
“The latest revelations from the case last Wednesday leave us no other choice. 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,” said the club’s managing director, Michael Schade.
“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's contract was originally set to expire in 2016, but he was a mainstay in the side and had started 22 of Bayer Leverkusen's 28 Bundesliga matches this season.