RB Leipzig’s sports director Max Eberl will not appear in ZDF’s “Aktuelle Sportstudio” next Saturday as planned. As the public broadcaster announced, the editors were unable to comply with Eberl’s wish to largely exclude certain topics (“Causa Gladbach”).
Alternative studio guest will be attacker Marius Bülter from Leipzig’s league rivals Schalke 04.
Eberl expressed himself in a statement. In the past few weeks – especially around the Bundesliga game against Borussia Mönchengladbach – some emotional topics off the pitch have taken up a lot of space in public discussion.
“I faced these issues even though I wanted to end them a long time ago. Rather, it was sometimes interpreted as if I wanted to actively heat up the discussions. That was not my intention, despite all the emotion,” said Eberl.
He “fully understands if I put myself in their perspective” for the planned renewed reporting on the subject of Gladbach by the sports studio team,” said Eberl. From his point of view, however, everything has been said several times: “I would like to leave it at that, put a check on the topic and look ahead.”
For him, the circumstances of the past weekend would have fundamentally changed the basis for evaluating a visit to the gym. Despite an early commitment, he therefore refrains from his appearance.
Eberl left Gladbach in January 2022 after 23 years as a player and sports director due to health problems and was hired by RB last December.
When he first saw Borussia in his new position last weekend, the 49-year-old was attacked and badly insulted by individual Gladbach fans. Leipzig won the game 3-0.