Dortmund - Beinahe wie eine Ewigkeit fühlt es sich an, dass der Name Dietmar Hopp die Schlagzeilen prägte. Zum Jahresbeginn hatten die. Borussia Dortmund wurde als einziger Verein für die Fanproteste gegen Dietmar Hopp verurteilt. Das ist der Grund. Schon fast traditionell feinden Teile der Dortmund-Fans Hoffenheims Mäzen Dietmar Hopp an. Dass der sich das nicht gefallen lassen will und.
Dietmar Hopp: Ein überholtes Feindbild"Schauen wir mal auf Borussia Dortmund, das ist inzwischen Kommerz pur", sagt Dietmar Hopp. (Foto: dpa). Der Mäzen der TSG Feindbild Nummer eins. Dortmunder Fans haben sich auf Hoffenheims Mäzen Hopp allphasephotography.com: Imago/Thomas Bielefeld. Uli Hoeneß. Schon fast traditionell feinden Teile der Dortmund-Fans Hoffenheims Mäzen Dietmar Hopp an. Dass der sich das nicht gefallen lassen will und.
Dortmund Hopp Opinion: Moronic fan minority undermine their own legitimate points VideoBVB vs. Dietmar Hopp! Wer hat recht im Streit zwischen Dortmund-Fans und dem Hoffenheim-Mäzen?
Fearful of appearing to be 'paper tigers', the DFB and DFL have gradually been cracking down on any misbehavior in stadiums.
At Sunday's game between Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, the first of the three-step plan was invoked, when the Union fans displayed a rather harmless banner, which didn't personally insult Hopp.
The game was suspended while an announcement was made over the PA system. Shortly before the halftime break, the Ultras unfurled another banner — this time with Hopp in the crosshairs and a personal insult to the Hoffenheim investor.
The referee invoked step two and led the teams off the pitch. The game was only finished after a further appeal over the PA system and a warning that any further incident would lead to its cancellation.
The two sides are becoming increasingly entrenched; while the fans feel they are being criminalized and even put on the level of terrorists, the DFB and DFL are no longer willing to tolerate insulting banners and critical expressions of opinion.
Talks aimed at resolving the conflict between the DFL, DFB and the supporters were broken off by the fans in late summer Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim's decision to protest because of insults on banners was the right decision, and a big moment in Germany.
Nevertheless, why has such protest not accompanied racism? This week has seen good and bad from German football fans, as solidarity against racism was followed by a brainless banner.
It's right that Gladbach called the banner out, as ultras undermine their own legitimate points. News and background stories from football and the rest of the world of sports, from Germany's international broadcaster.
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Can Baumann With the help of high-resolution video cameras and directional microphones built into the roof of the away section at the PreZero Arena on Hopp's instruction in January , his lawyers were able to identify five fans who had sung the offending chant and press charges for defamation.
The other three, represented by a trio of lawyers specializing in football and fan culture, argued that their criticism of the Hoffenheim model is legitimate and that the insults were not aimed at defaming Hopp personally, also highlighting the harsher, more acerbic language prevalent among football fans.
It wasn't the first time that Hopp had been targeted by fans of opposition clubs. The previous year, they had finished third, qualifying for the Champions League for the first ever time.
While the club's success is welcomed by the 28, fans who fill the PreZero Arena on the A6 autobahn, supporters elsewhere feel that every place in the pyramid occupied by a club like Hoffenheim robs a more traditional club with a bigger fan base of theirs, and the protests can cross the line.
As distasteful as the insults undoubtedly are, Hopp has usually tended to brush them off or ignore them. He enjoys a great deal of good will in his native Rhein-Neckar region in south-western Germany, a result of his extensive charitable work and philanthropy.
His father, Emil, was indeed a member of the Nazi SA in the s, a fact Hopp himself has never denied, instead supporting research into the area's national socialist past.
On occasions where he has pressed charges against fans, he has often then dropped them upon receipt of an official apology.
But not this time, not when he was accompanied in the stadium by a German cabinet minister and family members including his grandchildren.
This time, Hopp wanted justice. Christoph Schickhardt, prosecuting, conceded that criticism of Hoffenheim could be justified, but told Dortmund-based newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten that "there is no justification for criminal acts.