Berlin: German second-tier side Leipzig have been handed a place in the second round of the German Cup following their abandoned first-round clash with Osnabruck, the German Football Association (DFB) announced Friday.
Leipzig were 1-0 down at the third division club in Monday`s cup game after Halil Savran`s first-minute goal when referee Martin Petersen was struck on the head by a lighter in the 71st minute.
The DFB have awarded the Red Bull franchise a 2-0 victory and deemed Osnabruck "responsible for its spectators and responsible for their conduct."
The 30-year-old referee had attempted to calm down an altercation between Leipzig`s Davie Selke and the hosts` Michael Hohnstedt -- who were both warming up behind the visitors` goal in front of home supporters -- before the incident happened.
Leipzig coach and sporting director Ralf Rangnick had offered Osnabruck a rematch but the DFB said, according to its regulations, that it was "not possible to replay the meeting or the last 20 minutes."
The host fans` actions have ultimately cost Osnabruck a place in the next round of the tournament with director Lothar Gans labelling the incident as a "disaster" for the Lower Saxony club before saying that the action "cannot be excused".
The draw for the second round is scheduled on Friday evening after the Bundesliga season-opener between champions Bayern Munich and Hamburg.