20 minutes of silence: Fan protests against DFB

The protests of the football fans could be felt in all Bundesliga stadiums: With a mood boycott against the increasing commercialisation, the supporters of most clubs set an example and remained silent in the first 20 minutes of play in the arenas. But they also expressed their displeasure with banners and banners.

The Bayern fans pulled up a poster in front of the South Curve – opened like a letter, addressed to the headquarters of the German Football Association (DFB) in Frankfurt/Main: „Dear DFB officials, we hereby ban all facilities and buildings at Säbener Strasse 51-57 in 81547 Munich as well as events organised by FC Bayern München e.V. in the Municipal Stadium on Grünwalder Strasse and all home games played by FC Bayern München e.V. in the Fröttmaninger Arena. Yours sincerely“.

On Tuesday evening, four ultra fan groups from Werder Bremen had made the start of the „action match day“ in the early Bundesliga evening match against Hertha BSC. Two long banners in green and white stretched across the east curve of the Weser stadium at the whistle of referee Guido Winkmann. „The other banner read: „Football is for you and me – not for fucking Pay-TV.“ The criticism was directed at the referee.

The criticism was clearly directed against the TV-friendly kick-off times, which are a thorn in the side of the „active“ fans for several reasons. After all, vacation days have to be sacrificed for visiting an away match during the week. The cheering for the people of Bremen was much quieter than usual. „I was afraid that all spectators would hear me,“ said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt.

At the other games, too, there was usually a lot of calm and restraint in the first few minutes. „That was already a different atmosphere. The fans just decided that way, we have to accept that,“ said Bayern defender Niklas Süle.

Niklas Süle Honours


Bayern Munich
  • DFL-Supercup: 2017, 2018
  • Bundesliga: 2017–18


  • Summer Olympic Games: Silver Medal, 2016
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2017


  • Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17

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The Munich South Curve underpinned the „letter“ shown with further banners: „You will hear from us – or not!“ and after the restart „Interim report for the DFB: foreign marketing: truant. Monday games: insufficient. Sports jurisdiction: Missing the point. Fan freedom: insufficient. Transfer endangered.

With „No to German Football Lobbyism“ (DFL written in red), „You will hear from us – or not“, the North Curve in Hannover (1:3 against Hoffenheim) drew attention to itself. At the match between Freiburg and Schalke (1:0) the fans of the hosts were silent, while the Knappen-Anhang supported from the 5th minute on. PlayOJO has no wagering requirements, money back guaranteed and has a fast payouts as well.

But not only Schalke’s fans broke the „vow of silence“: RB Leipzig got on Wednesday from his fans against VfB Stuttgart as well as from the first minute on support like Eintracht Frankfurt at the same time with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The FSV Mainz 05 supporters also renounced protest actions against VfL Wolfsburg in the initial phase.

Also in the 2nd league it was very quiet for the time being. At the Bundesliga relegator 1. FC Cologne, the supporters followed the first 20 minutes of the game against FC Ingolstadt largely silent. In the RheinEnergieStadion only isolated cheers of the fans were to be heard – it was similar in the other second league stadiums. After 20 minutes, the fans ended their protests and returned to normality.