Managing Director Fredi Bobic from Hertha BSC has condemned the jersey humiliation by his own fans after the lost city derby against Union Berlin (1: 4).
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“Disappointment and frustration after such a game – all understandable. But asking the boys to give up their jersey because they are not worth wearing this jersey – in my opinion a line is being crossed,” said Bobic on Sunday sports1-One-two pass: “That’s not okay.”
In this context, Bobic also recalled an action in January by around 80 Hertha Ultras, who had disrupted the actually non-public training session with threatening behavior. “It wasn’t a training visit, it was a march. It just doesn’t work,” said Bobic: “There are these groups that take a lot out of it.”
Such actions are also counterproductive, emphasized the managing director. “It does something to the players – but definitely nothing positive,” said Bobic.
Union sports director Oliver Ruhnert saw it similarly. “How do you want to keep your focus for the last five crucial games if you feel afraid? That’s definitely the worst possible adviser,” said Ruhnert, who specifically pointed out Hertha professional Suat Serdar. The midfielder experienced something like that “one-on-one” last season at Schalke 04 who were relegated.
Felix Magath struck Picture TV in a similar notch. “Of course it’s unfortunate. The frustration of the fans is understandable, but it doesn’t help us in this situation. It’s the most difficult mission of my career.”