Have you ever been to a party where everyone should be having a good time and enjoying themselves, but an unwanted guest is putting a dampener on everybody’s mood? Well, that’s a bit like what you can expect at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday as Union Berlin ‘celebrate’ their debut in the Bundesliga.
What should be a fantastic occasion is going to be sullied by the first opponents to visit Köpenick this season- the party poopers and fun sponge that is RB Leipzig. Such is the feeling amongst the club’s hardcore fans, that a protest is planned in the form of a 15-minute atmosphere silence at the start of Sunday’s game.
Das Wuhlesyndikat, the leading ultras group at Union Berlin, have announced their intention to protest against RB Leipzig, which mirrors similar protests over the last two seasons die roten Bullen have been in the top tier.
In a statement released on Friday, the fans group explained; “For our first Bundesliga match we naturally hoped for a home game, so we could show the league how football is lived in the Stadion An der Alten Försterei and at Union Berlin.
“We got our home game, but with a big stain as our opponent, RB Leipzig- a construct that has absolutely nothing in common with our conception of football. A football that is shaped by codetermination, loyalty, standing terraces, emotions, financial fair play, tradition, transparency, passion, stories, and independence.
“As we all know these are values that the construct from Leipzig have walked all over. We know that this atmosphere boycott will be difficult, particularly on such a historic day, but it is exactly for that reason, that we have to use this big stage to how our feelings.”
The two clubs have met twice before at the stadium in Bundesliga.2 and Leipzig were greeted with similar protests, as they generally have been during their time in the Bundesliga. It had seemed that after two seasons, the vitriol against the RB ‘project’ was dying down a little, but clearly not in Köpenick.
Aside from the protest against Leipzig, the fans are being invited to take part in another initiative before the game called ‘Endlich Dabei’ (FinallyThere). Deceased fans, players and employees, who are not around to enjoy the achievement of reaching the Bundesliga, are going to be honoured on a huge banner to be unfurled prior to kick-off.
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