Russian broadcaster cancels Bundesliga broadcast

ODue to messages against the Russian aggression war in Ukraine, the Russian broadcaster Match TV once again prematurely canceled the broadcast of a Bundesliga match. During the game between Arminia Bielefeld and FC Bayern Munich on Sunday, among other things, “Stop the war, Putin” was written on a billboard in the Schüco Arena. That’s why broadcaster Match TV turned off its live broadcast after a good 30 minutes when the score was 1-0 for Bayern, as reported by the “sport.ru” portal, among others.

This was already the case on April 2 during the duel between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, when Match TV stopped transmission before the end of the first half because of pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian messages in the stadium. In both cases, the rationale was that sport and politics should be kept separate, as Russian and Ukrainian media reported.

Unlike the French Ligue 1 and the English Premier League, the Bundesliga is still broadcast in Russia. FC Bayern matches are also very popular in many other countries around the world. In the case of Russia, the German Football League decided at the beginning of March to temporarily continue its contract with the Russian media company Match TV and to donate the profits to humanitarian aid in Ukraine. An extraordinary termination of the contract was lifted so that anti-war appeals and appeals for peace from German stadiums could continue to reach the Russian population, he said.

Despite Dortmund’s game transmission being halted, the DFL initially continued with the contract. “The LDF currently continues to bet on reaching people in Russia with messages of peace from the stadiums,” the LDF said on request in early April. At the same time, one observes “of course exactly whether and to what extent this possibility is still available”.

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