A fierce legal dispute is currently raging between the FPÖ Tirol and Werder Bremen. The German Bundesliga club posted a picture on Twitter as part of an event organized by the FPÖ in the Zillertal. It was a day of action by the FPÖ in the run-up to the state party conference on the following Sunday in Schwaz – and thus also the state elections on September 25th. Federal party chairman Herbert Kickl was also there. A truck trailer of the FPÖ could be seen in the photo. Werder wrote about this tweet: “Clear edge against Nazis” (which eXXpress reported).
At the time, Abwerzger demanded an apology from Werder Bremen. For this he gave the German Bundesliga club an ultimatum by July 14. But Werder missed the deadline. The offer of the FPÖ leader in Tyrol was not complied with. In a letter to those responsible, he demanded the immediate deletion of the tweet, a public apology or distancing and financial compensation of 10,000 euros. The compensation was to be made available as a donation for the youth work of SK Zell am Ziller – the place where the FPÖ event took place and Werder held their training camp.
Abwerzger has now confirmed to the Austria Press Agency (APA) that he had commissioned a party lawyer to draw up a lawsuit and bring it to the competent regional court in Innsbruck. According to Abwerzger, who is a civil lawyer himself, the legal representative of the party is currently examining which specific facts will be sued for. But it probably goes in the direction of an insult to honor.
The cause also made waves in Germany. “Werder Bremen didn’t use the fair chance to settle the matter. I stand by my word and what I said: the deadline has passed, the lawsuit is being prepared. It’s an incredible affront to this club. An affront as a guest in Tyrol against many volunteers and officials of the party as well as guests of the event at the time,” said Abwerzger. Anyone who “generally describes the FPÖ, its members and sympathizers as Nazis” has “no idea about history and thus also plays down the crimes of National Socialism”, the Tyrolean FPÖ chairman renewed his previous line of argument: “Whoever does it, also has bear the consequences”. Incidentally, some Werder fans with dresses were at the FPÖ event, added the state party leader.
The press spokesman for the Viennese FPÖ, Leo Kohlbauer, also reacted violently after the tweet: “No one needs these left-wing dirty Piefke with us. Let’s celebrate Rainbow Ramadan in Buntland”.