From an interview with Elise's mother, who was also in Versmold watching Harmsen:
Tamaela sat in the stands to watch the match of her compatriot Danielle Harmsen against Karen Barbat. According to Tamaela's mother, the father of Harmsens opponent, Mihai Barbat, had been making racist remarks directed at her daughter: "The whole day he called her "black chickie" or something. When Elise said something about it, he gave her two hard blows to her temple. She was unconscious straight away and came back after five minutes. "
Then she went to the police station to report it. There she was advised to go to the hospital, where she spent the night at the guard. "Now it's okay with her," continued her mother. "It was wrong to walk away from the scene. That man is just a criminal."