JADON SANCHO was pelted with black tennis balls in Borussia Dortmund's clash with FC Nurnberg as Bundesliga fans continued their protests over Monday night games.
The England winger, 18, winced as the balls rained down on him when he was taking a corner in the 0-0 draw against the league's bottom side.
Reuters4 Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho instinctively ducks as fans hurl black tennis balls during a protest against Monday night games
German supporters have already persuaded TV broadcasters to drop the Monday games in favour of more Sunday fixtures – but not until 2021-22.
And they have kept up their demonstrations, including hurling toilet paper in goalmouths and leaving the famous Yellow Wall at Dortmund empty.
But for ex-Manchester City kid Sancho, fans chose an old favourite – darkened tennis balls – as he prepared to take a corner.
The thrice-capped wideman – wanted by Man Utd for £70million – seemed unfazed and more concerned with Dortmund upping the pressure at the at Max-Morlock-Stadion .
Getty – Contributor4 Dortmund and England starlet Jadon Sancho is pelted with black balls as he prepares to take a corner against Nuernberg at at Max-Morlock-Stadion
EPA4 Jadon Sancho shows his frustration as, not only was he caught up in the protest, but leaders Dortmund also failed to turn pressure into a victory
German Football League (DFL) chiefs had claimed last November that a decision had been made two months before to drop the unpopular Monday evening TV slot.
But Bundesliga clubs must stick to the current four-year deal worth £4.07billion, which started in 2017-18 and includes five Monday night matches a season.
The DFL insisted Monday games had been introduced to ease congestion caused by Europa League fixtures.
EPA4 Wideman Jadon Sancho weaves through as Dortmund have a massive 73 per cent of the possession but were still held by bottom side FC Nurnberg
But after the DFL agreed to switch to five Sundays when the deal is renegotiated early in 2020, supporters' groups hailed it as a victory for fan power.
German Fan Project Coordinator Michael Gabriel said the DFL'S pledge was a "signal that football is listening" and would be "well received by fans".