Eight months after violent protests resulted in the closure of the “Yellow Wall,” RB Leipzig return to Dortmund. BVB fans will protest again but the authorities are confident that the match will pass off peacefully.
Borussia Dortmund supporters have announced a series of protests ahead of their club’s Bundesliga fixture against RasenBallsport Leipzig on Saturday, including a pre-match march and a display of banners.
The last meeting of the teams, in February, was marred by ugly scenes outside Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion as visiting RB Leipzig fans were bombarded with missiles on their way to the ground. Inside the stadium, fans on the famous “Yellow Wall” – Dortmund’s 24,000-capacity south terrace – held up banners criticizing the Red Bull-backed club, which they consider to embody the perceived over-commercialization of German football.
“We reject Dietrich Mateschitz’ project just as much as we did then,” read a statement from the fan group Südtribüne Dortmund, an umbrella organization representing dozens of Dortmund fan clubs, referring to the billionaire owner of the Austrian energy drink manufacturer.
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