Timo Werner has been playing in the Bundesliga since the age of 17.
He’s played in the raucous atmosphere of Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion and experienced the hate that comes with playing for Germany’s most hated club, RB Leipzig.
But last night the noise from Besiktas’ fans reportedly forced him off the pitch in the 32nd minute.
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With Leipzig trailing to a Ryan Babel goal Werner was replaced by defender Lukas Klostermann.
He was seen to cover his ears as he left the pitch and had earlier been handed what looked to be ear plugs by Leipzig’s bench in a bid to cope with the noise.
Talk about having a 12th man…
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With Werner off the pitch Besiktas went on to score a second goal in the first-half, through Anderson Talisca, to leave Leipzig bottom of Group G.
Some sources speculated that Werner’s issues were triggered by vertigo, which can flare due to sudden loud noises.
Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl also spoke about the crowd, saying: “It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this.
“There was a deafening noise and at the start of the game we were a bit affected.”
Monaco, who suffered a surprise 3-0 home loss to Porto last night, are the next side to travel to Vodafone Park.
Don’t forget the earplugs lads.
And, given Pepe and Gary Medel both play for Besiktas now, we’d bring extra shin pads as well.