FC Bayern condemns hostilities against Hopp
The recent hostilities of Dortmund’s supporters against Hoffenheim’s majority owner Dietmar Hopp are drawing wide circles. Now FC Bayern is also taking the floor and demanding: “Football must show solidarity against aggression of this kind”.
After the insults against Hopp, the DFB control committee had already started investigations on Monday. The proceedings are directed against the Hoffenheimers on suspicion of insufficient security service and against Dortmund on unsportsmanlike behavior of the supporters. Hopp himself had already contacted the DFL and the DFB on Sunday according to kicker information.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich had already called for solidarity on Monday. “A solidarity in the league and solidarity would be correct. You can’t defame someone who has done a lot of work and hasn’t been guilty of anything,” said Streich. His reputation apparently reached FC Bayern Munich, which took the floor with a statement on Tuesday.
President Uli Hoeneß and Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge emphasised that Hopp was a “man of honour” who had an “absolutely impeccable character”. “He helps where one can only help,” the statement says. It continues with a call. “Football must show solidarity against aggression of this kind. We must stand together to prevent such derailments. It would be fatal if people like Dietmar Hopp were to withdraw from our sport at some point. This would send out a devastating signal and would also be very damaging to football and, in particular, to young people. We must prevent that from happening. Through solidarity, through joint action and simply through the maintenance and cultivation of decency and morals”.