In the name of the protests – how far do the ultras go?

In the name of the protests - how far do the ultras go?

The threat is there. After the announcement of the merger “Fan scenes in Germany”, revolt and hate posters are expected in the stadiums for today’s Bundesliga Saturday.

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Augsburg fans protest against the DFB.

“In case of doubt,” wrote the Ultras, further interruptions and cancellations are accepted. The focus is on the top soccer game in the evening (6.30 p.m. / Sky) between Borussia MOnchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.

The revocation of the suspended sentence for BVB fans, who are not allowed to accompany their team to games at TSG Hoffenheim for two seasons, was the trigger for the violent conflict of the past few days and weeks between the associations and parts of the fans. “This unconstitutional type of punishment cannot be reconciled with our understanding of democracy,” wrote “Fan scenes in Germany”.

However, it is highly unlikely that the DFB or its independent sports court will give in and abolish the collective penalty. At the end of February, parts of Gladbach’s fans were the first to protest with a poster by Hoffenheim’s patron Dietmar Hopp in the crosshairs. However, those responsible for the two Borussias hope for the rationality of their followers.

“We are in good spirits that we will not see anything that falls under hatred and contempt for people at the weekend,” said Gladbach’s media director Markus Aretz. BVB sports director Michael Zorc also said that any protests would remain in the frame. “I think there is no threat of a game being abandoned,” he said. Both statements were made before the announcement of the fan union on Friday.

The game is extremely important for both clubs. As a third in the table with 48 points, BVB is still two points ahead of the direct pursuer from the Lower Rhine. In order to remain in the championship race, the Gladbachers must not allow themselves to be defeated. RB Leipzig, second in the table (49 points), will start at VfL Wolfsburg in the afternoon (3.30 p.m. / Sky). Leader FC Bayern Munich (52) will only play against Augsburg on Sunday (3:30 p.m. / Sky).

In Leverkusen there will be a duel between the two cup semi-finalists Bayer and Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (3.30 p.m. / Sky). FC Schalke 04 receives the Hoffenheim team at the same time. The royal blue had announced a zero tolerance line in the event of further hate posters in the stands, the team would even leave the pitch closed.

In the relegation battle, Werder Bremen also plays at Hertha BSC in the afternoon (3:30 p.m. / Sky), the North Germans needing a victory almost in order not to fall behind. SC Freiburg and 1. FC Union Berlin, on the other hand, can take on their simultaneous game in Breisgau relatively relaxed. Both clubs are in the middle of the table.

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