It did not take long. Not even 24 hours after the Journalist André Voigt in a Video of a racist insults of some of the stadium spectators had reported to the international match of the German national team, have discovered three Suspects to the police. The three men were between 30 and 40 years old, and have been, according to the "Braunschweiger Zeitung" already Thursday afternoon.
you have commented in the first hearing of the allegations, said a police spokesman of the dpa. The investigation had been initiated on suspicion of sedition. Should the accusations be confirmed, could even threaten imprisonment. Because of the incident, the police has also Voigt as a witness.
The Journalist was on Wednesday privately with his family at the match against Serbia in the Wolfsburg stadium and was reported in a Video about the events. The three men had repeatedly expressed racist about the German national player Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gündogan, and this as a "nigger", "Negro" and "the Turk".
Voigt the men, he would get no support from the other stadium spectators. "Voigt-interference, is the Right thing to do", says the sociologist and Fanforscher Gunter Pilz. "The fact that he was left so alone, but it is unbelievable."
Even if the number of racist incidents in the stadiums over a longer period of time, followed fungus recent events with concern. Just in the past few months have seen an increasing number of frightening messages. Mesut Özil and Gündogan were offended after their photo with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, solid and partially racist, Özil short time later resigned with a long statement from the national team. "If we win, I'm German, and when we lose, I'm a Migrant," it said in it, among other things.
In Chemnitz mobilized in September, a former Fishing grouping position for rights demonstrations, and just two weeks ago commemorated the Chemnitzer FC in his stadium a deceased neo-Nazi. The club justified concerns later on the basis of alleged threats and safety.
a Few days earlier, an alleged Fan of the 1 attacked. FC Union during a second League game on Twitter of the Israeli footballer Almog Cohen from the FC Ingolstadt anti-Semitic. And in addition to the recent case in Wolfsburg there is also in Hannover, great discussions, a panel discussion on the topic of "right-wing radicals in the stadium": After several threats, the organizers had to load the left-hand grouping "Hannover right-winger" in the meantime.
For mushroom, the current development is clearly in connection with the social mood. "This is a mirror of what we hear currently in the public discourse," says the sociologist. "If the Bundestag's rights opinions, encourages all those who have not dared before to speak in public." This is also not a specifically German Problem, but an effect of the Europe-wide rise of right-wing populist and xenophobic movements.
The vast majority of citizens – and the stadium visitors – has more democratic values that had to occur for this but also active, says the mushroom: "With such insults, I have to show a clear edge to me later in the social media revolt." This also calls for national player Leon Goretzka. "I can only ask all, to have such people in their place," said the midfielder. "Xenophobia has no place in the stadium and in the society."
mushroom recalls in this connection to the scandal at the match of the national team in September 2017 in Prague. At that time, a small group of supporters of the DFB roared-Teams on the rostrum the rights slogans. "The were only 30 to 40 people, when the Rest of the stadium ,the Nazis would have been out of the' called, it would have been a strong character," says Pilz. The would then go to the national player Mats Hummels and Julian Brandt, by absorbing the team, after the game, in the curve, and the incidents after that clearly condemned. "This was a clear Signal, to were the neither Löw nor Bierhoff ready," says Pilz.
DFB condemned the incident "in the strongest possible terms"
Basically, he sees the work of the DFB in the fight against discrimination and racism, but very positive. The Association is aware of this area well and do a lot of for the prevention. The DFB had condemned the incident in Wolfsburg on Thursday "in the strongest possible terms", and also President Reinhard Grindel said: "This has made me very concerned. No player should be discriminated against. We as a DFB everyone who does will be show a Red card“More about
suspected of sedition, the Three men make after a racism incident at the country game
to Exclude cases such as in Wolfsburg, however. With more than 20 000 spectators in the stadium all walks of life, education levels and political beliefs are represented. Especially since the football had a "cathartic function". While in the society, emotions would be pushed, one could live in the stadium. "This is basically positive," says Pilz. "There must be a clear boundary – and which was exceeded in Wolfsburg."