German fans' protests continued – today, Saturday – against the football league's plan to use strategic partners in the “Bundesliga”.
Today, Union Berlin's matches with Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach's matches with Darmstadt were stopped for long periods of time, as fans threw objects, including tennis balls and chocolate coins, next to the stands' seats on the field, and the first match. Was close to being cancelled. ,
A banner was waved at the match between Augsburg and Leipzig which read, “Sustainable growth rather than quick money”, while another banner was waved at the first match, which read, “Private equity grasshoppers without influence? Don't sell us out to fools.”
The game between Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg had to be temporarily stopped after fans threw tennis balls onto the pitch.
The fans did this in protest against a new investment deal in the Bundesliga. pic.twitter.com/MehiGF0qyb
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Last December, 24 of the 36 clubs in the first and second divisions of the German league voted in favor of bringing in a foreign investor to increase the marketing benefits of the tournament, especially outside the borders.
More than 10 minutes of stoppage time was added to the first half of Dortmund-Freiburg after fans threw tennis balls and coins onto the field in protest.
Bundesliga fans have been protesting since December when the league approved a new investor deal. pic.twitter.com/2LgUcsoitc
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The move sparked public anger and led to a wave of protests during league matches, with banners being waved and shells thrown on the field, leading to matches being stopped.
Last week, Hertha Berlin's match against Hamburg in the second division was stopped for more than half an hour due to a tennis ball being thrown on the field and the match was almost abandoned.
The Freiburg match against Stuttgart was also stopped in each half due to fans throwing pieces of chocolate in the form of coins and other projectiles, which happened in the Cologne match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
German fans fear the move to the use of foreign investors, its impact on scheduling the dates of matches, the possibility of some matches being moved abroad and the weakening of the “1+50” rule, which essentially stipulates that An investor cannot obtain one. A majority of the voting rights of the companies contributing to the German clubs.