Germany’s decision to nominate the country to host Euro 2024 have been seeing the protest of the football fans. To host the event, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and the German Football Association (DFB) submitted their official bids in April. The selection will be made by UEFA’s Executive Committee which is European football’s governing body on next Thursday.
Fans showed their protest against Germany’s nomination to host also during Saturday’s match played between Augsburg and Werder Bremen. They also unfurled a banner during a match with Darmstadt saying, “We don’t need tournaments bought with euros. We need change.”
Stuttgart fans also showed off a banner on Friday which written, “United by money – Corrupt in the heart of Europe,” mocking Germany’s Euro 2024 bid slogan, “United by Football.”
DFB has been facing allegations of fraud and racism for the last two years. In 2015, Der Spiegel newsweekly also claimed that Germany paid 6.7 million euros in bribes to secure the 2006 World Cup. The allegation forced Wolfgang Niersbach, then head of the DFB to resign.
The racism comment also been faced by the DFB’s current head, Reinhard Grindel. Turkish-German footballer Mesüt Özil quit Germany’s national team as well citing racial discrimination. Özil pointed at Grindel saying that he failed to support him when he was facing hate mail, threatening phone calls, and racist comments on social media. Later, The DFB head later admitted that he had not been supportive enough.
Grindel said, “In hindsight, I should have clearly said what is obvious to me personally and to all of us as a federation: any form of racist hostility is unbearable, unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. I am even more sorry for my colleagues, the many people working on a voluntary basis and the employees at the DFB, to be branded in connection with racism.”
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