"Emir Spahic is an outstanding footballer, whose performances made him a valued player for Bayer 04," said the club's executive director, Michael Schade. "However, in light of the most recent developments following the incident last Wednesday, we have been left with no other option."
'A mutually acceptable solution'
Bayer 04 confirmed immediately after the event that it would support every effort to reach a complete and thorough solution. In this regard, the club decided to co-operate with the investigations of the public prosecutor before determining an internal course of action, wishing to make no judgments in advance.
"After the emergence of video footage that shocked and upset us all, we could wait no longer for the outcome of the legal investigation or potential criminal proceedings," continued Schade. "On the contrary, we had to immediately consider the club's reaction. We sat down with Emir and came to a mutually acceptable solution. Emir regrets and feels sorry for his conduct. We wish him all the best for a successful future."
'It was a great honour'
The player himself took responsibility for his behaviour and agreed to the unconditional termination of his contract. "I regret my behaviour towards the stewards of my club, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, after the cup game last Wednesday. For this behaviour, I would like to apologise to those affected and their families. I know that through my actions I have also caused major problems for my club. My coach Roger Schmidt, club manager Jonas Boldt, sporting director Rudi Völler and executive director Michael Schade have always given their absolute trust. It was a great honour to be part of this fantastic team. To my friends in the team and throughout the whole club, as well as to the outstanding Leverkusen fans, I wish, from the bottom of my heart, all the best for the great future that lies ahead for this club."