Hamburg defender Toni Leistner has apologised for climbing into the stands to confront a Dynamo Dresden fan after Monday's DFB-Pokal match.

Leistner played the full match as his side were beaten 4-1 at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion in the first round of the cup competition.

The 30-year-old was preparing to give a pitchside interview but then clambered into the stands and grabbed a home supporter before pushing him to the ground.

Leistner, who was born in Dresden and spent four years playing for Dynamo, claims he reacted after hearing taunts made about his family.

The former QPR man accepts his actions were unacceptable despite the high emotions of the match.

Writing on Instagram, he said: "I received some huge insults from the stands in my hometown after the game.

"Usually, I can handle that, but then it went below the belt against my family, my wife and my daughter. At that moment, my fuse blew especially as this was already an extremely emotional game for me.

"Something like this should not happen – I am a family man who wants to serve as a role model. I apologise for my behaviour and can only promise that, no matter what insults are thrown at me, something like this will never happen again."

Hamburg have named Daniel Thioune as their new coach.

Thioune, who became the first German-born black head coach when he took over at Osnabruck in 2017, joins on a contract until 2022.

His appointment comes after Hamburg parted ways with Dieter Hecking following their failure to secure a return to the Bundesliga.

A 5-1 home defeat to Sandhausen on the final day of the season denied Hamburg a place in the promotion play-off and condemned them to a third campaign in the 2. Bundesliga.

Thioune guided Osnabruck to promotion from the 3. Liga in 2018-19 and then a 13th-placed finish in the second tier as they avoided relegation.

He said: "For me, the task at hand at HSV will be a great challenge, which I would like to tackle head on with diligence, team work and passion.

"Everyone knows that HSV wants to be back in the Bundesliga. But to talk about that, doesn't bring us closer to that goal.

"From my first day onwards, I will work hard with my team to develop all of the players and give the team the best chance to play football successfully."

Dieter Hecking has left his post as Hamburg manager after failing to secure the club's return to the Bundesliga.

Hecking, 55, was hired by Hamburg in May 2019 after Hannes Wolf could only inspire a fourth-placed finish in HSV's first ever season in the second tier.

However, Hecking was unable to do any better as his side capitulated in the final weeks of the 2019-20 season.

Despite taking one point from their previous two games, Hamburg went into the final match of the campaign in the promotion play-off spot, but a 5-1 defeat at home to mid-table Sandhausen proved critical as Heidenheim leapt above them to secure a showdown with Werder Bremen.

Hecking accepts he failed to achieve the club's target, but HSV stressed his departure was a "joint decision".

Hamburg were thrashed 5-1 by Sandhausen on the final day of the 2. Bundesliga as they missed out on a promotion play-off but Stuttgart are back in the top flight despite losing to Darmstadt.

Relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time back 2017-18, Hamburg needed to better Heidenheim's result to book a place in a play-off with Nordderby rivals Werder Bremen, who finished 16th in the top flight.

Heidenheim were beaten 3-0 by champions Arminia Bielefeld but Hamburg could not get the job done at home against mid-table opposition.

They were 2-0 down at the break through Rick van Drongelen's own goal and Kevin Behrens' 21st-minute effort.

Aaron Hunt pulled one back from the penalty spot but Behrens converted from 12 yards himself in the 84th minute to make it 3-1 before Mario Engels and Dennis Diekmeier rounded off a rout.

Heidenheim will now face Werder in a two-legged play-off. The first leg takes place on Thursday with the return leg held four days later.

Defeat for Heidenheim meant Stuttgart's 3-1 home reverse at the hands of Darmstadt was immaterial.

Mario Gomez equalised in his final Stuttgart game after Serdar Dursun had given Darmstadt the lead. Matthias Bader and Tobias Kempe sealed the points for the visitors but Stuttgart make an immediate return to the Bundesliga following relegation last season.

By contrast, Nurnberg - relegated with Stuttgart in 2018-19 - face a play-off to avoid dropping into the third tier. Their 1-1 draw with Holstein Kiel was not enough to secure safety as Karlsruher moved fourth bottom on goal difference with a 2-1 win at Greuther Furth.

Arminia Bielefeld will return to the Bundesliga next season after an 11-year exile, with their promotion sealed thanks to results elsewhere in the second tier on Tuesday.

The 2. Bundesliga leaders were on the brink of securing their place in the top flight after thrashing Dynamo Dresden 4-0 the previous day.

And when second-placed Hamburg were held 1-1 by Osnabruck, leaving them seven points off the pace with two games to play, Uwe Neuhaus' side were able to celebrate.

Arminia's most recent spell in the Bundesliga ended with relegation in 2009, later twice suffering demotion to the 3. Liga before bouncing back.

Bayern Munich have tied promising defensive midfielder Adrian Fein down to a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Fein, 20, spent last season on loan at Jahn Regensburg and has been plying his trade at Hamburg in the 2. Bundesliga this term, making 20 appearances in all competitions.

The Germany Under-21 international's contract was set to expire in 2021, but the fresh terms will keep him at the Allianz Arena for another two years.

"I was born in Munich, I spent many years of my youth at Bayern, so I'm very happy I could extend my contract," said Fein.

"The time at Hamburg is very important for me. I can gain match practice and make progress."

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: "Adrian has gained a lot of match practice in the 2. Bundesliga over the last one and a half years, making a lot of progress in his development.

"We're convinced of his potential, so we've bound him to Bayern over the long term."

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