Martin Hinteregger has once again distanced himself from right-wing ideas after being accused of doing business with a right-wing extremist. The concerts planned in cooperation with the FPÖ municipal council and Identitarian organizer Heinrich Sickl were therefore cancelled.
After a statement on social media, the ÖFB team player again emphasized that he knew nothing about Sickl’s activities. “I have to admit the mistake that I didn’t research who he is, what his background is, but who does that? I have to blame myself for that,” admitted Hinteregger on the ORF program “Aktuell nach Fünf”. And further: “Mr. Sickl was not in Carinthia for 30 years. For many of my generation (…) he is absolutely unfamiliar. If you have heard the story afterwards, it is very shocking.”
The 29-year-old ended the cooperation within “Hinti Event GmbH” on the same day of the report. Nevertheless, it will leave “a small scratch” on his career, even if any connection to the right corner is “absolute nonsense”.
According to a report by investigative journalist Michael Bonvalot, the Eintracht Frankfurt fan icon was caught in the crossfire of leading the “Hinti Cup” hobby tournament together with a right-wing extremist.