Hertha goalkeeper Marius Gersbeck has been charged in Austria with serious bodily harm. A criminal complaint had been filed with the Salzburg Regional Court, the Salzburg public prosecutor announced on Monday. The main hearing is scheduled for September 28th. The 28-year-old is accused of punching and kicking the victim on July 16 at the Berlin training camp in Zell am See. Gersbeck has not yet publicly commented on the allegations.
Charges against Gersbeck – there is a risk of up to five years in prison
The victim suffered an orbital floor fracture, a maxillary sinus wall fracture and a lid hematoma, albeit negligently, according to the public prosecutor’s statement. A possible prison sentence of six months to five years was mentioned for the offense of serious bodily harm.
Hertha suspended the goalkeeper after the incident. Most recently, the club said that they were waiting for legal developments before deciding how to proceed. The goalkeeper only returned to Berlin in the summer as a beacon of hope.
Sports director Benjamin Weber did not comment explicitly on media reports that Gersbeck was said to have reached an out-of-court agreement with the alleged victim and that the case would at least be clarified under civil law.