Hertha Berlin’s team bus has been shot at on the eve of a German Cup match, says the Bundesliga club.
The club said in a statement that the bus was fired at by a bypassing motorcyclist in Bielefeld in north-west Germany, adding that there was no casualty whatsoever.
Only the driver was on board at the time of the shooting as the vehicle was travelling from the team hotel to pick the players up from Bielefeld Central Station.
The club said that the motorcyclist had overtaken the bus and threatened the driver “with his fist” before turning and pointing a gun at the bus and the driver.
Hertha are preparing for their first-round tie with German second division side Arminia Bielefeld on Monday night and are staying at a location near Bielefeld.
Sachdienliche Hinweise bitte an die Kriminalwache Bielefeld 0521/5454830 oder an jede andere Polizeistelle. Danke! pic.twitter.com/Kvd3HULGIA
— Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) August 9, 2015
Hertha chief executive Michael Preetz said: “We are deeply shocked and hope that the perpetrators will be caught. Luckily our bus driver got off with a fright.”
Wir sind schockiert über den Angriff auf den Teambus von @HerthaBSC. Es ist großes Glück, dass der Berliner Kollege unverletzt blieb.
— DSC ArminiaBielefeld (@arminia) August 9, 2015
Pictures tweeted by the club show the windscreen of the bus with a bullet hole.