Russians break transfer from Arminia Bielefeld vs. FC Bayern

In the game Arminia Bielefeld against Bayern Munich on Easter Sunday, the host sends clear signals on the advertising band. “Stop was, Putin!”, Is written there. Too much for the Russian licensee “MatchtV”, which again establishes the transfer.

“Stop was, Putin!” At the advertising band of the Bielefelder Alm at 0: 3 of the Arminia against recordmaster Bayern Munich. A unique message against the now almost two months ongoing attack war of Russia against Ukraine. An affront for the Russian Bundesliga licensee “Matchv”, which broke off the transfer of the game on Easter Sunday.

After just under 30 minutes, the broadcast of the game were stopped in the middle of an offensive action of Bavaria with scarce words. The broadcaster continues to hold the principle to keep the sends clear out of politics. “Football and sends clear are unpolitical,” it said from the commentator of the game. It was not the first incident of this kind.

Already two weeks ago, according to similar peace messages in the stadiums, the transfer of the Game Borussia Dortmund against RB Leipzig and tags ended the duel between Borussia Mönchengladbach and the FSV Mainz 05 prematurely. In Russia, it is forbidden media to use in reporting on the war against Ukraine terms such as “attack”, “invasion” and “war statement”. Moscow refers to the war as a military “special operation”.

DFL observed development

In a statement in early April, the German Football League (DFL) told the contract with the Russian Bundesliga partner “Match TV”. Instead of an extraordinary termination and the waiver of the broadcast of the league in Russia, the DFL wanted to continue to focus on “reaching people in Russia with peace messages from the stadiums”. The DFL, however, threatened with the end of the business relationships, it should come to further transfer breaks. “At the same time, we obviously observe exactly whether and to what extent this possibility continues to be given,” it said in the statement spread by the league.

Other big leagues like the English Premier League or Ligue 1 from France have exposed their contracts in Russia. The Bundesliga, on the other hand, continues to focus on the power of the pictures and at least small influence on the perception of the war in the Russian population with the embassies from the stadiums. The DFL had already announced early on that they will benefit “in the current situation not by the partnership with” Match TV “and the revenues still outstanding within the framework of the partnership donated in favor of humanitarian aid”.

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In addition to the power of the pictures from the German stadiums, the Bundesliga continues to put on great solidarity with Ukraine and the associations of the Ukrainian League. So Borussia Dortmund receives the top club Dynamo Kyiv on April 26th. The game will be broadcast live by “ZDF”. Meanwhile, with a broadcast in Russian television, it is not possible.

“We ask them all, whether you support BVB or another team, whether you are football fan or not – please buy a ticket for our charity game against Dynamo Kyiv,” CEO Carsten Cramer explained. “Let us put together a worldwide, solidary sign against the war and for peace in Europe. And, above all, let us help people on site.”

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