Football: Reus refuses to press charges after 'malicious' foul by Dresden defender

Dortmund's striker Marco Reus (centre) is helped to leave the pitch after being injured during the German Football Cup DFB Pokal round of 16 game between Dynamo Dresden and Borussia Dortmund on March 3, 2015 in Dresden, eastern Germany. -- PHOTO: AFP
Dortmund's striker Marco Reus (centre) is helped to leave the pitch after being injured during the German Football Cup DFB Pokal round of 16 game between Dynamo Dresden and Borussia Dortmund on March 3, 2015 in Dresden, eastern Germany. -- PHOTO: AFP  

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany winger Marco Reus has refused to press charges of grievous bodily harm against a defender for a foul during a German Cup match, despite a two-month long police investigation.

Reus lasted just 24 minutes of Dortmund's 2-0 third-round win over third-division Dynamo Dresden and was left with a knee injury after being fouled off-the-ball by Dresden defender Dennis Erdmann.

Having investigated Erdmann for what was seen as a malicious, rather than sporting challenge, Dresden police have confirmed they have closed the matter.

"We've closed the case because the affected player has not made a complaint," a spokesman for the Dresden Prosecutor's Office said.

Reus' adviser Dirk Hebel told German daily Bild that the German international was sent a form by Dresden police asking if he wanted to press charges, but declined.

"He didn't want the player to be prosecuted," explained Hebel after his client was left with a bruised knee from the incident.