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Referee abandons match after being hit with lighter

Referee Martin Petersen was hit on the head by the lighter. Credit: PA

A German Cup tie between third tier VfL Osnabrueck and RB Leipzig was abandoned in the 71st minute after the referee was struck by a lighter thrown from a section of the home crowd.

Hosts Osnabrueck were leading their second-tier opponents 1-0 when referee Martin Petersen was hit on the head by the lighter.

The lighter was thrown from the home section of the crowd. Credit: PA

Petersen did not appear seriously hurt but sent the teams to the dressing rooms.

The German football federation immediately launched an investigation.

German football team bus shot at on eve of cup match

The club said no one was injured in the incident. Credit: Hertha BSC/Twitter

The bus of German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin has been shot at on the eve of a cup match.

The club tweeted two pictures of the windscreen but said no one was injured in the incident.

Arminia Bielefeld, who Hertha Berlin are due to play on Monday night, also tweeted their shock at the attack.

Auschwitz survivor disappointed by Groening jail term

Eva Mozes Kor, an Auschwitz survivor who has forgiven the Nazis, has said she is "disappointed" that Oskar Groening has been sentenced to imprisonment.

She said: "He has accepted responsibility and admitted his guilt. They are trying to teach a lesson that if you commit such a crime, you will be punished. But I do not think the court has acted properly in sentencing him to four years in jail. It is too late for that kind of sentence."

Eva Mozes Kor and Oskar Groening Credit: ITV News/Reuters

She went on: "My preference would have been to sentence him to community service by speaking out against neo-Nazis. I would like the court to prove to me, a survivor, how four years in jail will benefit anybody. Groening said in his statements that he was wrong, it never should have happened, and it should never happen again.

"The reason I am speaking out is because so many survivors are still suffering emotionally, 70 years later, and they do not understand they have the power and the right to forgive."

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European Jewish Congress welcomes Groening verdict

Dr Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, which represents Jewish organisations in 40 countries said that he welcomed today’s verdict on Oskar Groening, "and the historic significance of the trial".

He also praised "the opportunity it provides for to educate a generation that is all too distant from the horrors of the Holocaust".

He added: "Although more than 70 years have passed since the liberation of the Nazi death camps, this trial reminds us that there is no statute of limitations for those responsible for Nazi horrors and of the real and present danger of intolerance and demonstrates the constant need to guard against anti-Semitism, racism and hate.”

Oskar Groening guilty: But what was his crime?

Oskar Groening, 94, the infamous "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", has been found guilty today in Germany of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews.

However, he didn't actually kill anyone. Instead, the case hinged on whether people who were cogs in the Nazi machinery were guilty of crimes. Today, the German justice system decided that he was.

Oskar Groening in court today Credit: RTV

During his time at Auschwitz, Groening's job was to collect the belongings of people arriving at the camp by train.

Groening, who was 21 and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he started work at the camp in 1942, inspected people's luggage, removing and counting any bank notes that were inside and sending them on to SS offices in Berlin, where they helped to fund the Nazi war effort.

The charges against him related to the period between May and July 1944 when 137 trains carrying roughly 425,000 Jews from Hungary arrived in Auschwitz. At least 300,000 of them were sent straight to the gas chambers, the indictment says.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' found guilty in Germany

Oskar Groening in court this month Credit: Philipp Schulze / DPA

Oskar Groening, the so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has been found guilty of being accessory to murder of 300,000 people.

A German court has sentenced the 94-year-old to four years in prison.

Groening did not kill anyone himself while working at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, but prosecutors argued that by sorting the bank notes from trainloads of arriving Jews he helped support the regime responsible for mass murder.

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