Russian broadcaster cancels broadcast of Bayern game

Also in the match between Arminia Bielefeld and FC Bayern, a clear position is taken against the war of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The broadcaster in Russia reacts – in the middle of the game.

International football has been sending clear signals against Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine for weeks. In the Bundesliga too, a clear position is repeatedly taken with actions, gestures and symbols. There was also a clear message during the match between Arminia Bielefeld and FC Bayern on Sunday afternoon: “Stop the war, Putin” was written on a billboard in the Schüco Arena.

Apparently, that was too much for Russian broadcaster ‘Match TV’, which is the licensee of Bundesliga games and broadcasts the games in the country. The channel stopped the live broadcast after almost 30 minutes as Bayern trailed 1-0 – in the middle of the game, in full attack on Munich. The commentator explained shortly before that the show would not continue because the station adheres to the principle that “sport and politics must be separated”. After that, the live stream ended. The Ukrainian “” first reported on this.

Since the start of the Russian aggression war and the ongoing anti-war messages in German football, several “Match TV” broadcasts have been terminated prematurely. This most recently happened in early April in the top-flight game between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, where pro-Ukrainian messages directed against Russian aggression were also clearly visible.

Unlike the English Premier League or the French Ligue 1, the German Bundesliga is still broadcast in Russia – the German Football League decided at the beginning of March to continue the existing contract with Match TV and not to terminate it in an extraordinary way.

Objective: Calls for peace and anti-war calls from German stadiums must also reach the Russian population. The DFL wants to donate the revenue from the TV contract for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. However, a termination of the contract in the event of further transmission interruptions was not excluded.

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