In the debate about a change in values in soccer, karl-heinz rummenigge has criticized demands from ultra groups and thus met with incomprehension from organized fans.
The chairman of the management board of FC bayern munchen also criticized the naming of a new alliance, countering the 64-year-old’s views. After the difficult relationship between clubs, associations and ultras faded into the background during the ghost game period, the discussion is picking up again after the founding of "unser fubball" and with the open question of the return of fans to bundesliga stadiums.
"Unfortunately, we have now reached a point where all i ever read from the ultras is: we demand this, we demand that. Now they wanted a say in the debate about the distribution of TV money," rummenigge told "sport bild". "But if all i ever do is demand, but am never prepared to take on duties and responsibilities, it ends up being a one-way street."
Numerous fan scenes had joined forces to form the "unser fubball" alliance, which, according to its own figures, is supported by around 400 fans.000 supporters supported. They demand that the german fubball league and the german fubball association initiate concrete reforms and that clubs and associations act before the start of the season.
The criticism of rummenigge rejected the organization. "Football fans give a lot – above all time and passion, everything that makes football more than just a sport," said spokesman jan-henrik gruszecki. "Whoever does this is also allowed to draw attention to things from time to time."
Rummenigge criticized the naming of the new federation, which according to his own information supports more than 2300 fan clubs and groups as well as more than 12,000 individuals. "I think the name is something anmabend," rummenigge said about "unser fubball". "Who owns fubball? Most likely to belong to those who play it – no matter at what level. The fans are part of fubball, but it does not belong to them."
The statement showed "that karl-heinz rummenigge has not understood anything," gruszecki countered. "The fan clubs that signed say this is how we defined our fubball," he explained. "We don’t say "we own fubball". When someone says "we have to save our planet", it does not imply that he owns the planet, this does not imply that the planet belongs to the person himself."
The different perspectives on the billion-dollar business and differing values have always created a difficult relationship between clubs and some fan groups. An inglorious high point were hostilities against hoffenheim-mazen dietmar hopp, who has his say in the interview together with rummenigge. In february, these almost caused a match to be abandoned in the league match between TSG 1899 hoffenheim and FC bayern (0:6).
In the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic and games without spectators, the issue was then pushed into the background. The desire for change, voiced by fans and, as a result of the difficult corona period, increasingly by professional soccer fans, was very well received. However, the design and implementation will still be the subject of much debate.
The opinion of the fans should be taken more seriously in the future, DFB president fritz keller had recommended in mid-may. "Now it is certainly late, but not yet too late, to listen to their words of warning. We are aware that we have sometimes overstated your criticism of the commercialization of soccer ? Because the system worked so well."
A week ago, the fan culture working group held an extraordinary meeting. DFL boss christian seifert reaffirmed that a wide range of stakeholders – including fan representatives – will be involved in the "task force for the future of professional soccer," which is planned to begin in september with a view to possible changes in german soccer.
"The DFB and DFL are responsible here. But no demands should be made beforehand, by any party," said rummenigge, who denounced a "selfishness in dealing with ultras" in the league. "Every club is just looking to keep its stable clean and not have any stress."
All sides agree that they finally want to see football games in front of fans again. But with possible conditions for the how it already goes off again. Because personalized tickets, which were offered in times of corona, do not please everyone.
Organized supporters fear that the crisis could be used to introduce such tickets permanently. Hopp, who is disliked by ultras, is a supporter of such admission cards. "We have to protect our police officers, make sure that people are not injured by pyro and personalize the tickets," demanded the 80-year-old entrepreneur.