“Game, set and victory!” said fans of 1st club Union Berlin at a home Bundesliga match against Heidenheim on a banner that also featured a tennis ball and a soccer ball. Before the match with Hertha, fans of second division club Eintracht Braunschweig headlined: “Sport and its values ​​are increasingly being lost due to greed, growth delusions and investors.”

In the last few matchdays, the throwing of tennis balls in German stadiums has repeatedly led to long interruptions in play. The yellow felt ball became a symbol of violent protest against the possible arrival of investors in the DFL. The league association announced Wednesday it will no longer pursue negotiations for the billion-dollar deal. It had previously completed negotiations with the last remaining investor, CVC.

Union fans on another banner warned against resuming negotiations with the investor: “But we will be ready for the next pitch!” In Bremen, the fan scene also reacted to the end of the search for investors: “One battle is won, the next will come” or “No investors,” Werder fans announced on banners at half-time of the Bundesliga match against Werder. Darmstadt.

Other fan concerns were also raised, including “Pro Saturday 1530”, “50+1 non-negotiable” and “End stadium bans”. At the same time, Werder fans supported the classic kick-off time for Bundesliga matches on Saturday, as well as the 50+1 rule, which essentially states that an investor does not have the right to receive a majority of votes in a football club. Fans of the second division team Hertha also drew attention to this. “Football lives thanks to its fans. 50+1 untouchables,” they wrote.
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