Besiktas beat RB Leipzig 2-0 on Tuesday night in the Champions League at the Vodafone Stadyumu. Timo Werner, who started for the German side, was taken off after 32 minutes after he put his hands to his ears in an effort to drown out some of the whistles from the home crowd.
Did Ralph Hasenhüttl take his star striker off due to his inability to handle the hostile environment? That was a question asked after the game. Reports in Germany, however, have seemingly pinpointed the problem. The player was reportedly suffering from vertigo.
Werner was already going to be substituted as the fourth official had the board ready to bring Klostermann on due to movement issues based on the vertigo that the 21-year-old had been suffering from. The reason he put his hands to his ears was to fix the earplugs that the doctor had recommended due to the dizziness from the issue.
CapaMag Spor reported Werner saying: 'I have never seen such an atmopshere in my life. I could not focus on the match. I asked for some ear plugs and it did not help either. I still don't feel well.'
Leipzig's manager said, "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."
"We were not good in the first 20 minutes at all. But it was a lesson for all of us. I saw who I can count on in times like these. This is a lesson for us to learn and we keep learning."