Fan protests against the German Football League led to widespread delays at several Bundesliga stadiums on Saturday. The game between 1. Union Berlin and Wolfsburg was interrupted for a total of more than half an hour after fans of both clubs repeatedly threw tennis balls onto the turf. The game was about to be cancelled.


The game between 1. FC Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg was interrupted for a long time after fans threw tennis balls onto the turf.

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There were no breaks in Werder’s 1:2 draw against 1. Heidenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt draw 1:1 (1:1) against Bochum. RB Leipzig missed out on a 2-2 (1-1) draw with Augsburg to move closer to the Champions League places. There was limited interruption of this game, including throwing a folding chair onto the field.

However, during bottom team Darmstadt 98’s away appearance at Borussia Mönchengladbach, fans caused longer delays. At the core is the opposition of some fan groups to the arrival of an investor in DFL, which has been simmering for several months and is currently dealing with offers from Blackstone and CVC. The investor is expected to pay one billion euros for a percentage share of the television revenue.

Numerous banners

Banners could again be seen in several stadiums. “Sustainable growth instead of fast money” can be read, for example, in Augsburg. In Berlin, a banner read: “Locusts of private capital without influence? Don’t take us for fools.” Referee Mathias Jollenbeck sent both teams to the dressing rooms. In Mönchengladbach one could read: “No to the league investor!”

Leipzig had problems when Philipp Tietz conceded a goal (35 minutes). Lois Openda (39th) scored his 15th goal of the season and Benjamin Sesco (52nd) turned the game around before Ermedin Demirovic (60th) scored for FCA. A foul by Augsburg goalkeeper Finn Dahmen on Mohamed Simakan gave Leipzig a great chance to decide, but Openda failed to convert Dahmen’s penalty (81 minutes).

Werder lost at birthday party

In Bremen, Jens Stage missed a great opportunity to take the lead early in the match (4th). Werder went on to win the game – but Lennard Maloney (12th) and Jan-Niklas Beste (18th) scored the first goals for Heidenheim. Romano Schmid (19th) quickly made the game on his club’s 125th anniversary exciting again with a goal.

Frankfurt took the lead through Omar Marmus (14th). Moritz Broschinski (17th) scored early to equalize for Bochum. A draw in the table does not help either club, Frankfurt is sixth, Bochum is 14th.

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