For a moment it seemed as if everything could finally resolve itself. Shortly after Hertha BSC disappeared into the basement of the Olympic Stadium without saying a word, two players went back inside. The appearances of Davy Silk and goalkeeper Marcel Lutka were met with loud cheers, but the crowd’s delight was premature.
Because Selke and Lotka only fulfill their contractual obligations to TV rights holders. However, the obligations to their followers were not fulfilled that evening. “As a team, we’ve decided not to go to the masses for now,” Lutka said at Dazen.
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So this emotional evening at the Olympic Stadium with a very important 2-0 win over neighbors at FB Stuttgart somehow remained incomplete. “The mood was incredible today,” Silke said. 55,000 spectators attended the match between the German team Berlin and VfB, and their support for their team was more than appropriate for the importance of the meeting. But the constantly tumultuous evening ended with an unusual calm.
Minutes after the final whistle, the eastern bend was fully populated. Meanwhile, he sang “We want to see the team.” But the crew went and never came again. Only when this realization spread among the masses did the ranks diminish. The fans left the stadium in silence. There were no whistles or expressions of dissatisfaction – in fact common in such situations.
The team’s reaction to the humiliation after the derby
Perhaps this was also due to the fact that a significant part of ordinary fans could understand the team’s decision. “It did not go well against Al Ittihad,” goalkeeper Lutka said. Many followers saw it the same way. After the derby defeat by Al Ittihad, the Ultras asked Hertha FC players to take off their shirts and put them in front of the curve.
Despite fierce criticism of it, the ultras remained defiant. The Harlequins, the club’s most popular fan, wrote on their website: “We do not regret this behaviour.” This team does not deserve the flag on its chest.
In “Echo of the Curve” for the game against VfB, the Ultras also explained that “because of the inexplicable separation from the players away” they will dispense with visual stylistic devices such as flag-waving, double stands, and “songs more for what’s happening on the field”.
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What’s supposed to be a punishment should be hard to pass on to non-Ultras. In any case, most spectators felt that the democratic support associated with the game and the grassroots in the match against Stuttgart was a blessing. The team must have felt the same way.
In general, however, the state of the relationship between the club and organized fans remains complex. A lot has happened this season: he began visiting the Ultras surprisingly for non-public training after the cup defeat to Al Ittihad and threatening to ignite the next stage if necessary. And the club’s reaction continued by checking the legal steps before the whole thing escalated after 1:4 in the derby two weeks ago.
The wick is short
The wick on both sides is short, and the underlying irritation can still be clearly felt. In a conversation with Dazen before the match, sporting director Freddy Bobic emphasized the difference between all Hertha fans and “a small group might see things differently from time to time”.
Coach Felix Magath also expressed his understanding for his team and his refusal to celebrate the victory with the fans in the corner after the match. “I think it’s okay for the players to fight back,” he said. At the same time, he said he was open to dialogue and hoped that in the next few days the two groups would meet to resolve differences: “In the last home game against Mainz, reconciliation will actually be a matter of the day for me.” After the victory over Stuttgart, chances are on At least it’s not bad that there will be something to celebrate again.