Borussia Dortmund Confirm Fan Died of Heart Attack During Match vs. Mainz

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2016

Fussball, 1. Bundesliga, Saison 2010/11, 7. Spieltag, Borussia Dortmund - FC Bayern Muenchen, Sonntag (03.10.10), Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund: Dortmunder Fans stehen in der Suedkurve. Das Spiel endete 2:0. Foto: Sascha Schuermann/dapd
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Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over Mainz on Sunday was overshadowed by a tragic incident, as one fan died from a heart attack in the stands.

James Whaling of the Irish Mirror reported the news, while the club released a statement (in German) to confirm. 

The Signal Iduna Park fell silent once the news had spread, with both Dortmund and Mainz fans paying their respects. Per Bleacher Report's Lars Pollmann, the officials also understood the gravity of the situation:

Lars Pollmann @LarsPollmann

Ref sensibly blows the final whistle on the spot. Dortmund 2-0, but nobody cares.

Dortmund's official Twitter account also shared this video of the fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone":

Borussia Dortmund @BVB

Danke. // Thank you. #ynwa #rip #bvbm05 https://t.co/VnSIBmNZeq

Sky Sports' Alex Chaffer shared this video from the stands, showing just how quiet the stadium fell:

Fans and pundits on social media quickly pointed out football takes a back seat when tragic incidents like these happen, and Dortmund's Twitter account acknowledged that by expressing condolences their and saying: "There are more important things than football."

Mainz's Twitter account followed their example after the match:

Mainz 05 English @Mainz05en

Full time: #Mainz05 lose 2-0 but sometimes there are more important things than football. #RIP #BVBM05

Per Pollmann, the players seemed to know something had happened:

Lars Pollmann @LarsPollmann

Kagawa makes it 2-0. Players seem to know something is going on, little celebration.

Bundesliga writer Cristian Nyari shared this photo taken after the match:

Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa scored the goals that ensured Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings, but on Sunday, the home fans at the Signal Iduna Park, who are among the most passionate in all of football, had other things on their minds.

Per Dortmund's statement, a second fan also suffered a heart attack, but the club later confirmed he is in stable condition, per Bundesliga writer Raphael Honigstein.  


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