Rage over ‘pure hate’: Cup winner RB Leipzig struggles for recognition

Anger over ‘pure hate’
Cup winner RB Leipzig struggles for recognition

Written by Stefan Ursfeld

Only 13 years after the club was founded, RB Leipzig won his first major title in German football. A fairy tale one would like to believe. But hardly anyone from the Bundesliga would dare to congratulate the Saxons in public. The right-wing camp sees a victory for “political correctness”.

So far it has happened. RB Leipzig won his first major trophy in his country. With a penalty shootout victory over Freiburg, the Saxons were crowned with the DFB Cup. Just 13 years after the club was founded by seizing the license from SSV Markranstädt, six years after promotion to the Bundesliga and at the third attempt in Berlin, the Leipzig team’s name is engraved on the trophy.

“I think we have to stop and see what we have achieved in the last 13 years, in the six years in the Bundesliga,” managing director Oliver Mintzlaff said after the match on ARD. The broad satisfaction “of all we had to put up with and read.” The criticism of the past few weeks and days has not gone unnoticed.

“Forever a part of the history of this wonderful trophy. Get used to it,” Leipzig wrote on Twitter the morning after the big win, this seismograph of eternal rage. It has been thrown into the club, which is funded by an Austrian right-wing populist, on almost all sides in the past few days and during the match – also because on the last day they had several athletes from their Red Bull stable reciting greetings with a marketing video.

So it may also have been understood that the champions, after days of attacks on the club and the Red Bull system behind it, were affected and their complexion became weak after their victory despite outnumbered by an hour. Leipzig’s criticism was initially directed at referee Sacha Stegmann, who correctly recognized Freiburg’s opening goal despite an earlier handball and denied RB a penalty late in overtime.

Hardly anyone congratulates, the AfD already

RB Mintzlaff president and coach Domenico Tedesco Stegemann and his assistants on the field told what they thought of the referees’ performance – a little. “We’re definitely not satisfied with the referee’s performance and I just told him about it for a little while. Nothing more, nothing less. I don’t think it matters much today, but today we’re going to let him really explode,” Muntzlaff told ARD about his conversation with the referee right after the final whistle.

Tedesco later reported on the “pure hatred” Leipziger received from the bench in Freiburg after the red card against Marcel Halstenberg in the 57th minute. The coach complained about this continuing after the final whistle and accused the defeated Freiburg team of being a bad loser.

Returning to Twitter, the winner did not play a positive role on the social network. The usual congratulations from the German Football League and other Bundesliga clubs were almost completely absent. TSG Hoffenheim was congratulated only on account of the club. Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn used his own account while the record champion was silent. On the other hand, the FA Berlin sent a lot of love to Freiburg and congratulated FV Bochum on their victory in the Rhineland Cup.

On the other hand, Tino Shrupala, a federal spokesman for the AfD, responded differently, seeing Leipzig’s success as a “victory over political correctness” through “Saxon steadfastness and Austrian entrepreneurship”. Now no club can choose its fans or whom to congratulate, but the impressive reaction from the far right has once again shown how poisonous the debate over the personality of marketing giant Red Bull is. It is not an ordinary club that has entered the history books. He is someone who is unparalleled in Germany.

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