Updated on 05/17/2022 at 07:10
- During a boxing match in Garching in the district of Munich, Musa Yamak collapses and later dies in the hospital.
- The 38-year-old boxer is said to have suffered a heart attack while fighting in the ring.
- The police speak of riots, fans are said to have hindered the rescue efforts.
- Garching’s cultural advisor and the coach of the deceased disagree.
Boxer Musa Yamak died after a competition in Garching (Munich district). As the police announced on Monday, the 38-year-old died on Sunday afternoon.
According to this, the WBF International Champion lost consciousness before the third round after he had probably been hit on the head during the fight in the Garching community center. It is also believed that the athlete suffered a heart attack as a result.
Yamak’s support team started with the first emergency measures and the resuscitation of the professional athlete while he was still in the ring.
Statements by the police have come under criticism
Because around 50 fans were said to be preventing the rescue service from supplying supplies, around 15 patrols and a special police unit were deployed to secure the area. That’s what the emergency services said.
“The paramedics were offered turbulent scenes of emotionally charged fans and family members on site,” a spokesman for the Munich police described the event to the “Bild” newspaper. “To ensure the safety of the paramedics, we sent out a lot of patrols and the USK. We then set up a protective corridor on site so that the paramedics could work safely and conscientiously.”
Garching’s culture consultant Thomas Gotterbarm and Yamak’s trainer contradicted this representation during the course of Monday. Gotterbarm said it was dramatic and emotional on the ring, but the rescue team was definitely not disturbed.
Yamak’s trainer accuses the police of misrepresentation and aggressiveness
Yamak’s trainer opposed the police’s portrayal even more energetically to the “Bild” newspaper and also raised serious allegations: “It wasn’t like that. The spectators gave first aid before the paramedics arrived and tried to save Yamak. That’s bullshit We dismantled the ring and ropes ourselves to make it easier for the paramedics. To make it easier to lift the stretcher into the ring. This is character assassination. A brother of ours died in the ring. The police were very aggressive. Yelled at us. We should fuck off, they yelled. We wanted to save a life, it can’t be that we’re everyone’s bogeys!”
After treatment on site, the athlete was transported to a nearby hospital in Munich. There too – according to the first reports – around 30 angry and disruptive fans had gathered again, who should have been calmed down by the police. According to the police, they had followed the rescue transport. The riots didn’t subside until around 3 a.m. The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported on this, citing the police.
Transmitting station defends itself against statements in an article
In a detailed Facebook post, Lars Plath, managing director of the broadcaster Fight24.tv, which broadcast the fight in the live stream, explicitly addressed the Bayerischer Rundfunk and picked up the allegedly false representations in its article.
Plath wrote: “It should be noted at this point that the article for which you are responsible does not correspond to the facts in large parts and almost all relevant parts. This is all the more astonishing as the official press release from the police (link below) speaks a different language ( and largely corresponds to my impressions) and does not offer any space for the statements you made in the article.”
Fans mourn the late boxer on Musa Yamak’s social media channels. (dpa/hau)
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