DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Soccer players in Germany aren’t allowed to celebrate with hugs during games in the pandemic. Dimitrij Nazarov made an exception for the man he believes saved his life.
Nazarov ran to the sideline after scoring from a header for Erzgebirge Aue against Nuremberg in the second division on Friday and embraced team official Thomas Romeyke.
Nazarov explained on Saturday that Romeyke’s quick reactions saved the Aue team on the journey to the game. Romeyke was at the wheel of the team bus the day before the game when it was struck by flying debris from a car crash.
“He saved our lives, simple as that,” Nazarov told the MDR regional broadcaster. “If he hadn’t reacted