It was April 21, 2022: In the duel between Hansa Rostock and St. Pauli, there were serious riots between the fans. Hansa Rostock then received a fine of 64,000 euros. The association lodged a protest. The hearing finally followed on Friday. The fine was eventually reduced to €50,925. In this game, even pyrotechnics flew back and forth in the block between the fan camps.
When the verdict was announced, the judge of the German Football Association, Stephan Oberholz, caused a stir. He compared the riots to the war in Ukraine: “It reminds me of the pictures we’re seeing in Ukraine right now.” This is reported by the “image”.
The CEO of Hansa Rostock, Robert Marien, interrupted the judge and was upset. Marien demanded an immediate apology. But the judge refused an apology, so the Rostock CEO left the hearing in protest. He then confirmed the judge’s choice of words to “BamS”: “Yes, the words fell like that. I interrupted him and asked: ‘Aren’t you ashamed to compare FC Hansa to a war of aggression and thousands of deaths?’ This is a no-go and demands an apology.”
Oberholz noted Marien’s behavior in the minutes. The person responsible for Rostock is threatened with further consequences. On Saturday, the DFB judge finally backtracked and apologized for the comparison. “I can’t hide the fact that the scenes reminded me of pictures that we currently see on the news every day,” Oberholz is quoted as saying by “BamS”. The judge went on to say, “Nonetheless, my choice of words and comparison in reasoning was inappropriate. So I apologize for that.”