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Amiri and Tah whistled after a racism incident by Union fans



Amiri and Tah whistled after a racism incident by Union fans

Bayer Leverkusen did not get past a 1-1 draw at the start of the new Bundesliga season against Union Berlin. Nevertheless, there was one upset: The iron fans caused outrage with whistles against two Werkself players.

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The two national players Nadiem Amiri and Jonathan Tah were the targets of the anger of the Union supporters. The background was an incident from last January.

At that time, Amiri and defense attorney Florian Huebner clashed after the latter had made an alleged racist remark. Accordingly, Hübner dubbed the midfielder as a “shitty Afghans”. Tah had then expressed sharp criticism of the Berliners in an interview after the game.

The DFB investigated the case, but could not find any evidence of the racist statement. Hübner denied having insulted Leverkusen in this way. Amiri stated that another choice of words was possible.

After more than half a year, Tah and Amiri received whistles at the Alte Försterei every time they hit the ball. The Berlin fans were already heavily criticized for their appearance on social media during the game.

Union President Zingler defends fans

Union President Dirk Zingler defended his club’s supporters at half-time. “The boys and girls standing here whistle and that’s their right,” he said Sky and replied to the question about the reasons for the wild behavior of the fans: “You have to ask those who whistle.”

Tah also reacted after the final whistle: “That confirms what I said at the time, but then I only focused on football today.”

But not only the whistling concert against Amiri and Tah caused a stir. A banner in the stadium also made waves. The poster read: “No more restrictions – full stages, full life.”

The criticism of the corona measures of the DFB and the DFL also outraged the network, and some Union supporters distanced themselves from the slogan afterwards. Due to the iron’s good hygiene concept, 50 percent of the maximum stadium capacity was allowed, which corresponds to around 11,000 spectators.

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