The club itself, meanwhile, has taken a clear stance on the fans that heckled Riemann toward the end of the match; badgering that ultimately caused sent Riemann into the stands after the full-time whistle.
“Manu [Riemann] decides to come out,” Letsch conceded later in his post-match interview with German broadcaster DAZN, “It wasn’t the best decision “We gave the game away within five minutes. We weren’t on the ball in the decisive moments.”
Riemann had to endure persistent heckling from the disappointed fan block over the course of the final half-hour. The keeper actually ended up entering the stands to directly confront the fans afterwards. VfL striker Philipp Hofmann – who did pull a goal back late on for the Revierklub – went in behind Riemann as back-up.
“I joined in afterwards,” Hofmann noted afterwards “I wanted to back the boys up because something like that just doesn’t belong, because we still have everything in our own hands. There’s no point in being abusive or insulting now.”
On a statement published on the club’s website later in the evening, Bochum condemned the behavior of the fan block. The statement cites “clearly violated boundaries” and expressed support for Riemann having to endure “massive and intolerable verbal abuse.”
The club also noted that a detailed investigation of the incident was still pending. The keeper could still face an internal fine.