7 Apr 2010

German probe into bottle-throwing striker

7:57 am on 7 April 2010

German prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into Hamburg's Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero after he hurled a plastic drinks bottle at a fan, hitting him on the head.

If the bottle was filled with liquid, it could qualify as a "dangerous object" and Guerrero could face up to six months in prison if found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm.

Television pictures show Guerrero -- who recently returned from a seven-month injury absence -- was leaving the pitch during Sunday's goalless draw with Hanover when the fan reportedly told him to go back to his country.

Hereacted by throwing a bottle at the supporter, striking him on the head, before team-mates ushered him into the dressing room.