A test match between the Hertha BSC U23 team and Tasmania Berlin in the Olympiapark amateur stadium was canceled on Saturday afternoon because fans of the influencer and Hertha newcomer Nader El-Jindaoui stormed the field to take photos with him.
A video shows that the game was already in the 90th minute when the game was stopped and that, with a score of 3-1 for Hertha, it was almost decided.
The club itself – unlike Tasmania Berlin – did not address storming and abandonment of the game on its online channels. Instead, Hertha BSC’s social media department was happy about 2,347 fans who wanted to see the fourth division team’s test match against the premier league club Tasmania. “Madness!” It said on Saturday on the “@Hertha-Bubis” Twitter account.
The reserve team of the Bundesliga soccer club had not achieved such visitor numbers in league games in the Regionalliga Nordost. In the previous season, the average was just over 400 spectators.
According to the sports portal “ran.de”, individual young people stormed onto the pitch during the game to get a selfie or an autograph from their idol. According to a report by “B.Z.”, jersey sales with El-Jindaoui’s shirt number had already started last week. temporarily paralyzed the online shop of Hertha BSC.
El-Jindaoui himself thanked for the support in an Instagram story on his account that evening. In it, he also said that 99 percent of fans had behaved well, but demanded that all his fans do so. “Such events will no longer be possible in the future if there are always those who don’t behave,” said the 25-year-old in his Instagram story. “I don’t tolerate that.”
Born in Kreuzberg, El-Jindaoui is an internet star. The attacking player, who came to Hertha on a free transfer from Berlin AK this summer, has 1.6 million followers on Instagram. There are 1.23 million on the YouTube account he runs with his wife Louisa. On their channels, the two give insights into their everyday life with their daughter.