Lightning Forces Temporary Halt in Germany-Denmark Euro 2024 Match Due to Player Safety Concerns at Signal Iduna Park

Germany and Denmark faced an unexpected delay during their Euro 2024 last-16 match in Borussia Dortmund when lightning struck above Signal Iduna Park.

The game was temporarily suspended as the night sky illuminated with flashes of lightning.

Denmark’s players showed a noticeable preference for halting play as the thunderstorm unfolded.

This reaction stemmed from their familiarity with a tragic incident involving Jonathan Richter, who was struck by lightning during a 2009 match.

Richter, coached by Kasper Hjulmand at FC Nordsjaelland, lost part of his leg as a result.

In 2009, Richter, then playing for Nordsjaelland, suffered a life-changing injury when lightning struck during a reserve match against Hvidovre.

Following a ten-day induced coma, Richter underwent surgery to amputate the lower part of his left leg.

His playing career ended prematurely, and his jersey number was retired by the club.

Suspension of Play

Referee Michael Oliver made the decision to suspend the match after lightning and thunder became prominent during the game’s 35th minute.

The players were instructed to seek shelter in their dressing rooms amidst torrential rain that leaked through the stadium roof.

Scene at Signal Iduna Park

As the storm raged, fans witnessed dramatic lightning bolts above the stadium and heavy rain pouring through roof leaks.

Some Danish supporters found solace in dancing near waterfalls cascading onto the seats, while others sought cover from the downpour.

Resumption of Play

After approximately 16 minutes, the weather calmed, allowing for the match to resume to the cheers of the crowd.

Players returned to the field following a brief warm-up session, marking the end of the weather-induced interruption.

Sports News

TDPel Media

This article was published on TDPel Media. Thanks for reading!

Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn

Advertisement
Advertisement: Download Vital Signs App (VS App)