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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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