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Ultras want to capture the podium Hoeneß speechless – FCB meeting ends in turmoil

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Boos, whistles and even loud “Hainers out” shouts ensure an unprecedented end to the FC Bayern general meeting. The Qatar issue divides. The honorary president is visibly disturbed.

In the midst of the corona vortex surrounding unvaccinated players and stars in quarantine, the annual general meeting (JHV for short) took place at FC Bayern. It was about advertising partners from Qatar, the sporting future and the confused Corona situation at the club.

A horrified Uli Hoeneß was already at the lectern. But the honorary president, who had followed the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich, which ended in unprecedented chaos, for hours with a few seats next to the also persevering coach Julian Nagelsmann, left the podium after a short time without a word.

The riot of a fan opposition with whistles and boos against the Bayern bosses with President Herbert Hainer as the central stimulus figure escalated around the controversial topic of Qatar sponsorship. You can see the scene in the video here.

Loud “Hainer out, Hainer out” shouts echoed through the Audi Dome at midnight because the President abruptly stopped speaking at midnight on Thursday evening after a five-hour meeting. A slowed-down member promptly stood on a chair and simply gave his speech without a microphone. There were bizarre scenes that took place in the Munich basketball court.

Herbert Hainer: The Bayern President gave the opening speech at the Bayern-JHV.  (Source: Reuters / Andreas Gebert)Herbert Hainer: The Bayern President gave the opening speech at the Bayern-JHV. (Source: Andreas Gebert / Reuters)

“We are Bayern – and you are not,” shouted the indignant members – and also: “We are the fans you don’t want.” The disturbed and stunned Hoeneß told the “kicker” when he left the meeting place: “I have to sleep on that first. That was the worst event I have ever seen at Bayern.”

The situation seemed to have calmed down at 1 a.m. An estimated 400 people refused to leave the venue. The police had to come.

She was definitely one of a kind. For a long time it went as usual, quite harmoniously, even if Corona is currently sporting the record champions in the fourth wave and has been financially burdened since spring 2020. Oliver Kahn gave his first speech as CEO and successor to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He warned against “unlimited” investor money at some clubs in Europe and spoke of the “most fundamental change” that football is currently experiencing.

At the latest with the agenda item motions, the mood boiled high. A spontaneous request by member Michael Ott to vote on the termination of the partnership with Qatar Airways after the end of the contract in 2023 was rejected by Vice President Dieter Mayer with reference to a decision made by the Munich district court on the same day.

Otts’ request that the club should continue to hold 75 percent of the shares in FC Bayern AG and not be able to sell another five percent also failed to achieve the required three-quarters majority.

Because of the stricter corona rules, only about 800 members were present, apparently many of them hardliners. The plenary presumably did not represent the more than 290,000 members. There is still no decision on the future of Qatar sponsorship, said Hainer. “We will fulfill the contract,” he said about the ongoing business relationship with Qatar’s airline.

You have “clear criteria by which we align partnerships,” said Kahn calmly. The CEO promoted dialogue on the human rights issue in the host country of the 2022 World Cup. That is better than excluding and excluding. At the end of a memorable general meeting, nobody could talk about a healthy Bavaria world.

Conclusion: It was a lively, sometimes heated YHV of FC Bayern Munich. The spontaneous motion to put the court-rejected motion to end the Qatar partnership to a vote was, as expected, rejected by the Presidium. With the achievement of the amendment of the statutes to the certified “commitment” of FC Bayern for human rights, the critical members were able to gain at least a small point.

The bottom line, however, remains the devastating picture that the Munich Presidium made around Herbert Hainer. A willingness for open discussion or even the ability to criticize was hardly recognizable. Instead, the critics were interrupted, threatening backdrops were set up and the table was unsavory. The chaos of the legendary “It’s your own fault for your shitty mood” -JHV under Uli Hoeneß was only achieved after the official end, when the Ultras tried to storm the podium.

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