The match between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim was played and the home team Hoffenheim were beaten by the leader of the German championship. Suddenly a banner against the president of the Hoffenheim team Dietmar Hopp stopped the match.
The Bundesliga is one of Europe’s most important seasonal championships alongside the Spanish football league or premier league.
On the 24th matchday, the match between the visiting team and the absolute leader of the German tournament, Bayern Munich, and the home team, Hoffenheim, took place.
This seemed to be a match without any novelty except that all the bookmakers gave the visiting team as the winner.
With the passing of the minutes, Munich showed a footballing superiority over their opponents, who by the 62nd minute had scored six goals against Hoffenheim, scored by Sergie Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Joshua Zirkzee, Leon Goretzka and Philippe Coutinho (twice).
The Hoffenheim showed a pale game, without definition and without possession of the ball, all this created a perfect mixture for the fans to explore in anger and the chants against the team were not made to wait. This caused that during the last 15 minutes of the game, the players of the 2 teams signed a pact of non aggression to calm the spirits of the fans of the Bavarian team.
Dietmar Hopp who is the current owner and president of the team received a strong wave of insults from the stands, even on one of the banners could read “Hopp breaks his word, you son of a… you are a lying traitor”
The insults seemed to be getting stronger and stronger, and at one point the Bavarian cast manager Hans-Dieter Flick had to address the fans to calm them down.
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It was at this point that Hopp himself, who owns 98% of the team’s shares and has an estimated fortune of $14 billion, went down to the field to exchange a few words with Bayern general manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
It is not known what was discussed but some witnesses who were on the field confirmed to the BILD newspaper that the team’s owner asked about the possibilities of canceling the match at that time.
After five minutes of excitement on the pitch, and thanks to the intervention of veteran former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, the players of the home team were made to understand that the only way to calm down the supporters in front of the crushing Bayern M.
Therefore, an agreement was reached with the rival team to create a non-aggression pact.
Hopp, in an interview after the game, said he was uncomfortable with what he experienced during the match and said that this type of behavior destroys the sporting soul of football events.
He also said that those responsible for such banners and harangues against the team’s directors should be made available to soccer authorities in order to penalize their future entrance to the sports fields.
Dietmar Hopp is not only one of the richest men in the world according to Forbes magazine, but he is also one of the most powerful figures in German football and has been disowned by many fans of important and second-rate teams because he is one of the precursors of the overthrow of the 50+1 rule that would directly regulate the licenses of professional clubs.
The 50+1 rule is based on the possibility given by the German Football Federation in 1998 to allow institutions to become public limited companies, which was not welcomed by some managers who are seeking to extend this in order to clean up their finances.
The 50+1 rule is basically that more than 50 % of the shares must be held by the team’s members in order to avoid foreign shareholders taking over the team and making decisions that could affect the day-to-day running of the clubs that are not shared by the respective supporters.
But despite all this criticism and insults, the billionaire is acclaimed by others who see him as a positive character because he encouraged sport and has also collaborated with several charitable actions.
But going beyond altruistic actions, some football experts in the Bavarian region consider that the dividends the tycoon is asking for as a consequence of the capital injection to improve Hoffenheim’s results are not at all high when compared to other dividends asked by investors from other clubs worldwide.
Hoffe, as the Bavarian team is affectionately known, was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest teams in the world.
But little by little it was consolidated as a humble team that in the decade of the 90’s was in the seventh division of the German soccer and that thanks to investors like the software company that currently sponsors the team this achievement was promoted to the main tournament of the German soccer in the season of the 2007/08.
Now the 79-year-old Heidelberg, Germany entrepreneur made a strong capital injection in order to be able to lead the team to good results. We’ll see where this controversial process in German sport ends.