Football: Hinteregger surprisingly ends his career

After 138 competitive games (14 goals, six assists), Hinteregger asked Eintracht to terminate his contract, which was valid until June 30, 2024. Before that he worked for Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Augsburg. “Martin’s decision came as a surprise to us, but he explained his perspective and reasons to us in an impressive and convincing manner. Therefore, there was no question for us to comply with this sportingly painful but humanly understandable wish,” said Frankfurt sports director Markus Krösche.

Hinteregger had already thought about ending his career last fall. “I was in a difficult phase in terms of sport. My performance has been inconsistent. The victories didn’t feel so good anymore, but every defeat hurt twice as much. My performance boost in the spring and our joint successes in the Europa League motivated me all the more to say goodbye with a great sporting success,” explained Hinteregger, who played 67 international matches for Austria. He recently missed the games in the Nations League under neo-team boss Ralf Rangnick due to an injury.

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Martin Hinteregger has played in defense of the Austrian national team in recent years

Sorry for “careless words”

Most recently, the Carinthian was in need of explanation after his business relationship with the former FPÖ councilor Heinrich Sickl had been discussed in the media. The Styrian local politician, who, like Hinteregger, comes from Sirnitz, is assigned to the extreme right. Until last year, Sickl sat on the Graz municipal council for the FPÖ. Among other things, he rented premises to the Identitarian Movement, which the Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified as right-wing extremist, and is said to have supported it as a security service.

Although the footballer quickly ended the relationship after the relevant disclosures and clearly distanced himself from the right, further interview statements caused more and more trouble. “In the past few weeks, a number of issues have arisen around my ‘Hinti-Cup’, which I have held with heart and soul and with a clear conscience, the implications of which only became clear to me afterwards. Emotional, maybe thoughtless words from me have led to irritation, and I would like to apologize for that,” said Hinteregger. “To say it again very clearly: I condemn right-wing, intolerant and inhuman ideas in the strongest terms,” ​​Hinteregger clarified once again.

From crowd pleaser to problem case

In Frankfurt, where he has been playing since January 2019, Hinteregger was a crowd favorite because of his approachable and undisguised manner, but has recently become more and more of a problem for the club, which like hardly any other club in Germany – led by President Peter Fischer – clearly and decisively demarcated from the right. “Martin’s step deserves respect and recognition,” said Krösche, for whom a serious problem was solved by itself.

The official added: “Not least because of his sincere apologies for his behavior over the past few days and weeks and his clear and credible distancing from right-wing ideas, he is always welcome in Frankfurt as a deserved player and European Cup winner.” Hinteregger contributed to the Club could take “this great development”.



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