Angry Hertha fans invade pitch with steel bars

BERLIN - Dozens of angry Hertha Berlin fans, some armed with steel bars, stormed the Olympic Stadium pitch on Saturday after a 2-1 loss to Nuremberg left the rock-bottom capital side contemplating relegation.

Players and coaching staff from both teams fled into the changing rooms as police chased the fans back into the stands.

Herth fans invaded the pitch minutes after Nuremberg striker Angelos Haristeas had struck an injury-time winner to give Nuremberg a crucial win that lifted them out of the relegation zone on 24 points.

Hertha spokesman Gerd Graus said there were no reports of injuries.

"This behaviour has no place in the Olympic stadium," Hertha coach Friedhelm Funkel told reporters.

Hertha have been anchored in last place in the Bundesliga since mid-September. They have 15 points from 26 matches.

After a disastrous first half of the season when they collected only six points, Hertha, who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last season, had looked able to drag themselves off bottom spot in recent weeks.

They took a first-half lead against Nuremberg through Greece international Fanis Gekas before Swiss Albert Bunjaku and Haristeas snatched victory for the visitors.

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