HAMBURG players had missiles hurled at them by the team’s fans after the club’s 3-0 defeat by Hertha Berlin, which heaped further pressure on embattled coach Bert van Marwijk.
Hamburg’s defeat yesterday was a club record sixth straight Bundesliga loss, leaving the former European champions second from bottom of the league.
Club chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow said today the club will continue to work with ex-Holland coach Van Marwijk, but it is clear results must improve.
A group of players, including captain Rafael van der Vaart, were pelted with eggs, beer cups and lighters when they went to talk to angry fans outside Hamburg’s Imtech Arena.
A group of 250 fans, shouting ‘f**king millionaires’, attacked the players’ luxury sports cars and had to be beaten back by police with batons and pepper spray.
“I understand the fans’ disappointment, but it’s not okay when players are attacked. That shakes you to the core,” said Van der Vaart.
Van Marwijk, who only took charge in September, has said he will not quit.
“I will not resign, I’m still one hundred percent positive and convinced we’ll not go down,” said the 61-year-old.