Fan action with jerseys causes humiliation

IAt least Felix Magath hadn’t lost his sarcasm. “I’m always looking for fun. I couldn’t find it today,” said the Hertha BSC coach, who appeared surprisingly calm despite the derby’s third consecutive disgrace against 1. FC Union. His colleague Urs Fischer had just pointed out the fun side of the rather one-sided capital duel in the Bundesliga.

General manager Fredi Bobic was already thin-skinned. “You can’t unsubscribe,” he told ZDF of the will to persevere in the relegation battle. However, what Magath, who was hired as a lifeguard, said about his own team in conclusion to the 1:4 (0:1) was certainly not appropriate to appease the already upset fans.

The iron ones are so good that Hertha just can’t stand a chance right now. Capitulation to local rivals – and that amid the uphill battle to stay in the Premier League. “We would have looked better against a weaker opponent. That wasn’t the case,” Magath said. Union “dominated the game in terms of building”.

“There is a line that has been crossed”

The Ultras, who had returned to the Olympic Stadium for the first time since the pandemic, had already pronounced their harsh judgment with a hitherto unprecedented action. Bring the jerseys, not as a souvenir, but as a kind of textile scalp, they said in the East Stand. Maximilian Mittelstädt and his colleagues followed the order of the fans as relentlessly as they had to submit to the whirlwind of Union football.

“It’s hard to explain what was discussed with the fans. I prefer not to say that now. It was just a gesture to take the shirt off,” Maximilian Mittelstädt told Sky TV and added: ” Does it have something to do with humiliation or not?” He “wanted to avoid a confrontation”, the Berlin native said. . The blue and white shirts lay between empty beer mugs and cigarette butts.

The message behind this humiliating arrangement particularly displeased Bobic. “I understand the frustration that we lost the derby and have now lost three times in a row. It’s not fun for any of us. But we are athletes too. It has nothing to do with confrontation. “, said the general manager of Hertha. A day later, he added: “Disappointment and frustration after such a game – everything is understandable. But asking the boys to give up the shirt because they are not worthy to wear this shirt – in my opinion, a line is crossed,” Bobic said on Sunday during Sport1’s double pass: “It’s not good.”

After the derby’s last defeat in the Round of 16 in January, fans stormed the training ground days later. The relationship remains strained.

“Usually we all have to stick together. We also need the fans,” said Mittelstädt. Especially in the next three games, against the teams of FC Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart and Arminia Bielefeld, who are directly ahead of Hertha in places 14 to 16. “We always have all the clubs at hand as opponents. We have the ability to get off the table and into one of the saving positions in our hands,” Magath said.

“The situation hasn’t changed,” Bobic said despite the one-sided game with goals from Genki Haraguchi (31st minute), Grischa Prömel (53rd), Sheraldo Becker (74th) and Sven Michel (85th). Own goal by Timo Baumgartl (49th) in favor of Hertha. “Except for the atmosphere,” added the manager. “That’s what hurts.”

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