After the second half resumed, many tennis and rubber balls were thrown onto the lawn. Referee Daniel Schlager then interrupted the game for more than six minutes. “There were rumors all over the country that we had bought our fans,” Reschke said. “This is nonsense, of course.”

Eintracht fans also unfurled banners. One of them read: “Axel, we’ll still get our money, right?” Frankfurt CEO Axel Hellmann was one of the supporters of the investor’s entry, which was also canceled by the DFL in response to protests from fans.

The protests apparently concerned the 50+1 rule.

According to Reschke, the protests in Frankfurt were not related to the investment deal with the DFL, but to the 50+1 rule, that is, the influx of external capital: “This is, of course, a problem in the game with Wolfsburg.”

Volkswagen AG is a 100 percent shareholder of VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH. An exception to the 50+1 rule concerns Lower Saxony and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Reschke could not say whether there would be a penalty from the German Football Association due to the protest and stoppage of play. “The German Football Association is holding off on this for now,” he said. “We’re certainly still thinking about how to handle this now that the protests have largely come to an end.”
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