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Sport soccer world champion considers Corona measures to be "completely excessive"

15:16  09 august  2020
15:16  09 august  2020 Source:   rp-online.de

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Stuttgart. At the demonstration against the Corona protective measures in Stuttgart, ex-soccer player Thomas Berthold gives a speech. The former world champion wants this appearance not to be his last in this context.

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Former soccer world champion Thomas Berthold justified his appearance as a speaker at a demonstration in Stuttgart with his critical stance on the corona protective measures. The 55-year-old told the German press agency that the measures were “completely excessive”. “It was an affair of the heart for me to use this platform and say things that have been going through my head for a long time. I wanted to tell people there things that I perceive and have on my heart. ”He wanted to live“ self-determined and without fear ”.

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In his speech at the event “lateral thinking 711”, Berthold stated, among other things, that his trust in the political leadership had reached “below zero”. The participants in the rally called for an end to the prescribed protective measures, which are intended to reduce the risk of the coronavirus being transmitted. The organizers spoke of 5,000 participants, the police numbered several hundred. The “lateral thinking” protests are criticized, among other things, because of the participation of conspiracy theorists and right-wing populists.

In the social networks, Berthold received reactions from malice to encouragement for his appearance: "Thomas Berthold was rarely really in the room before," wrote a Twitter user, referring to his football career. Other users attested to his moral courage.

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He “definitely” also wants to appear at the “lateral thinking” demonstration on August 29th in Berlin, Berthold told the dpa. “The initiative needs a media platform. The point is that we question things and not believe everything one-on-one loyally to the state. ”He spoke out in favor of founding a new party. But he himself has no intention of becoming politically active. “I was just suggesting that we need people to serve the people. We need people in our government who are trained for their department and have expertise. ”

During his career, 55-year-old Berthold played for Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern and VfB Stuttgart, among others. The defender made 62 international matches, and in 1990 he became world champion in Italy with the German national team. After his career, Berthold worked as manager of Fortuna Düsseldorf and as an expert for several television stations and magazines.

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If his public positioning should have professional consequences for him, it doesn't matter to him, said Berthold: "If it should be like that, it would be a shame, but then I am ready to bear the consequences," he emphasized. “If one or the other program director or editor says that we cannot represent that, then of course I accept that. Even then life goes on. ”

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