Sports director Sven Mislintat from VfB Stuttgart reacted angrily to a banner against him in the Werder curve. It was probably about the cause of Atakan Karazor, who, like the previous week, made a brief appearance in the Swabian Bundesliga game at Werder Bremen (2-2).
“I have to live with that. I have a completely different understanding of democracy and the judiciary, namely that there should be no prejudice. The principle of the presumption of innocence should clearly apply,” said Mislintat.
Fans in the east curve of the Weser Stadium held up the following lettering during the game: “No protection for perpetrators. Solidarity with those affected. Mislintat, shut up.”
“It’s interesting that the curve for the police operation in Wolfsburg does not require any prejudice,” said Mislintat, apparently alluding to the use of the Wolfsburg police against Bremen fans before the northern duel (2-2) last week, when numerous Werder supporters were searched at the train station before the game and several Ultra groups then decided to return to Bremen early.
Karazor was arrested on a possible criminal offense while on holiday in Ibiza in mid-June. On July 21, the VfB professional was released on bail. Mislintat had repeatedly emphasized that the defender was “clearly our player and a full member of the team”.
Born in Essen, Karazor has been under contract with VfB since July 2019. Last season he made 25 competitive appearances for the Swabians. In May, both sides extended the contract until 2026.