Anger over “pure hatred”: Cup winner RB Leipzig fights for recognition

Peace over “pure hatred”
Cup winner RB Leipzig is fighting for recognition

By Stephan Uersfeld

Just 13 years after the club was founded, RB Leipzig won its first major title in German football. An adventure, one would like to believe. But hardly anyone from the Bundesliga dares to congratulate the Saxons in public. The right-wing camp sees a victory “over political correctness”.

So now it happened. RB Leipzig has the first big trophy in its closet. With a victory in a penalty shootout against SC Freiburg, the Saxons were named winners by the DFB Cup. Only 13 years after the club was founded by taking over the license from SSV Markranstädt, six years after promotion to the Bundesliga and at the third attempt in Berlin, the name of the Leipzig team was engraved in the trophy.

“I think we have to stop and look at what we have achieved in the last 13 years, in six years in the Bundesliga,” said the visibly moved CEO Oliver Mintzlaff after the match at ARD, also describing the title of Cloud like a piece. broad satisfaction “for all that we had to endure and read.” The criticism of recent weeks and days had not gone unnoticed by him.

“Forever a part of this great trophy story. Get used to it,” Leipzig wrote on Twitter the morning after the great victory, this seismograph of eternal indignation. It had been thrown at the club, which was funded by an Austrian right-wing populist, from almost all sides in the last few days and during the match – also because on the final day they had had several athletes from their own Red Bull stable recite greetings with a marketing video.

So it was perhaps also understandable that the protagonists, after days of attacks on the club and the Red Bull system behind them, reacted touched and thin-skinned after the victory they had achieved despite being outnumbered for an hour. Leipzig’s criticism was first directed at referee Sascha Stegemann, who correctly recognized Freiburg’s opening goal despite a previous handball and denied RB a penalty kick late in extra time.

Almost no congratulations, AfD already

Both RB boss Mintzlaff and coach Domenico Tedesco told Stegemann and his assistants on the pitch what they thought of the referees’ performance – a bit. “We were certainly not happy with the referee’s performance and I only told him that briefly. Neither more nor less. I do not think it means much today, but today we will really let it tear,” Mintzlaff told ARD about his conversation with the referee right after the final whistle.

And Tedesco later reported on the “pure hatred” that Leipzigers received from the Freiburg bench after the red card against Marcel Halstenberg in the 57th minute. The coach complained that this continued after the final whistle and accused the defeated Freiburg team of being bad losers.

Back on Twitter, the winner hardly played a positive role on the social network. The usual congratulations from the DFL and the other Bundesliga clubs were almost completely absent. Only TSG Hoffenheim congratulated on a club account. Oliver Kahn, CEO of FC Bayern Munich, used his private account while the record holder was silent. Union Berlin, on the other hand, sent a lot of love to Freiburg, and VfL Bochum instead congratulated FV Engers on winning the Rhineland Cup.

On the other hand, Tino Chrupalla, the federal spokesman for the AfD, reacted differently, seeing Leipzig’s success as a “victory over political correctness” through “Saxon steadfastness and Austrian entrepreneurship”. Now a club can not choose its fans or its benevolent, but the remarkable reaction from the far right showed once again how poisoned the debate about the galleon figure in the marketing giant Red Bull has become. It’s not a normal club that got in the history books. It is one that divides like no other in Germany.

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