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Hannover 96: Martin Kind criticizes fan protests against the DFL’s investor deal

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Hanover boss Kind criticizes fan protests – “Tennis balls don’t solve any problems”

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The protests against the DFL’s investor deal are causing discussions. Now Martin Kind from Hannover 96 is attacking the fans because of the actions in the stadiums. Just criticizing is “typically German,” says the club shareholder. He fears negative consequences.

Majority shareholder Martin Kind of the second division football club Hannover 96 has criticized the fan protests in the stadiums against the planned investor entry into the German Football League (DFL). “I don’t think you can solve problems by throwing tennis balls. “That far exceeds my imagination,” said the 79-year-old entrepreneur to the “Hamburger Morgenpost”. “If you want something, you have to criticize, but also suggest alternative solutions.”

Just criticizing is a typically German trait, Kind continued. But making suggestions for solutions “is completely missing and makes dialogue more difficult.” He still left it open whether he voted for entry in the vote last December and thus against the wishes of the parent club Hannover 96.

For weeks, the active fan scene in the Bundesliga and second division stadiums has been protesting against the fact that the DFL is looking for an investor. In addition to banners and sentimental boycotts, chocolate coins and tennis balls were also thrown onto the playing fields. Games had to be interrupted.

Martin Kind from Hannover 96 criticizes football fans for throwing tennis balls

Source: dpa/Swen Pförtner

In Hertha BSC’s second division game against Hamburger SV last Saturday, the game was about to be abandoned and could only be resumed after half an hour. The critics of the investor entry see, among other things, the danger of external influence on football.

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Child fears the actions will also have negative consequences on the course of the game and the players’ willingness to perform. “That’s unfortunate and that’s why you can also express a bit of criticism of the active fan scene,” he said. The fans talked “about the love for their club, for their team. And they may put undue strain on the team.”

Fan representative: “We will continue”

In an interview with “Neue Presse”, a 96er fan representative announced that they would continue the protests and possibly even accept that the game would be canceled. “Our protest is only effective if it is uncomfortable. We could just roll out banners or chant ‘Fucking DFL,’ but that would be lost during the game,” he said. “So we decided on this form of protest. And as long as investor involvement is not off the table, we will continue.”

Protests can also be expected again at Hannover 96’s upcoming game on Friday (6.30 p.m./Sky) at Hamburger SV.

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