Borussia Dortmund fans sung an emotional rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ following the tragic passing of a fan during Sunday’s game against Mainz.
The atmosphere inside the Signal Iduna Park was so sombre that Marco Reus was initially irritated by the uncharacteristic silence of the home crowd.
And Mats Hummels admitted the atmosphere reminded him of the one he experienced during Germany’s friendly against France in November.
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Two suicide attacks occurred close to the Stade de France, where Hummel’s was playing for Germany, while bombings could be heard throughout the game.
The defender tweeted after last year’s game: “This world is f***** up right now.”
As the atmosphere inside Dortmund’s stadium became even more subdued, Hummels was reminded of that sad night.
“It was certainly not an everyday [atmosphere] - quite the contrary,” he told Kicker, via FourFourTwo. “This is something I’ve experienced only in Paris.
“The atmosphere was somehow a bit quiet, some turmoil was felt. It was quite strange. After the game we were informed directly, but it was clear something must have happened.
“You notice it and it is not easy to uphold your concentration in such an unusual atmosphere. We have done well [to win the game], although that is not the main theme.”
Fans were praised
Thomas Tuchel’s team kept up their pursuit of Bundesliga table-toppers Bayern Munich thanks to goals from Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa.
Another fan was rushed to hospital and Hummel’s praised those inside the Westfalenstadion for their touching tribute.
“Definitely, a great compliment is due to the fans. It was entirely appropriate to [sing]," the 27-year-old said.
"It is difficult because they are supposed to cheer heartily. With the song 'You'll Never Walk Alone', they have shown a very, very good response."
Reus added, per the Mirror: “On the pitch, we had no idea what was going on and were initially irritated by the silence.
“Straight after the game, our coach [Tuchel] came to us and explained what had happened.
“It obviously put a shadow over the game and complement to the fans for the way they behaved.”
Dortmund issued a statement
A club statement read (per the BBC): “During the game there were two tragic incidents in the stadium in which two spectators had to be resuscitated.
“Unfortunately one person did not make it and has died. We are full of sadness and the families are in our thoughts.
“We have received the news from the hospital that the condition of the second person is apparently stable.”
Dortmund’s next match is the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Tottenham. The German club take a 3-0 lead to White Hart Lane following their convincing win on Thursday as they look to win the tournament for the first time in their history.