Pál Dárdai (pictured above), the Hungarian head coach of German first division club Hertha Berlin SC and Zsolt Petry (pictured below), the Hungarian goalkeeper coach of the team, both spoke to sports newspaper Nemzeti Sport about the impacts of Monday’s terrorist attack on their lives.
“Obviously it is not easy to handle this, but as soon as the moment of the kick-off, it must go away, we need to focus on the match.”, Dárdai said, adding that “Berlin must be strong and united as always.” Dárdai admits the tragedy deeply shocked everyone in the German capital, and it had a big impact on the football players as well. Zsolt Petry said “it was predictable, sooner or later a tragedy will happen, if a lot of refugees from a foreign, hostile culture arrive in the country without any kind of real control”. The goalkeeper coach added he was going to visit the terror-hit Christmas market with his wife on the evening of the attack, but later they rather chose to stay at home.”
Hertha BSC will play against Darmastad in German Bundesliga match on Wednesday evening. Despite the terrorist attack the match will not be postponed but a minute of silence will be held to commemorate the victims. The players will wear black arm bands to express their condolences.