US News Debate: Lefts see Eastern clubs on the sidelines

17:25  01 october  2020
17:25  01 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Saxony's leftists caused emotions with a football debate in the state parliament. They wanted to present the problems of the East German clubs as a reflection of the development in the whole country. "The history of the Eastern clubs could also be called: How the market handled East German football," said the MP Marika Tellers-Walenta. "Not in the same league" - this picture still applies to a large extent to the East. "

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Many people in the East had suffered injustices in the course of unification, stressed TÄNDER-VALENTA: “It is too late to invalidate the diverse feelings and experiences of degradation, disregard and, above all, unequal treatment. But it is not too late for an honest balance sheet as a starting point for real approximation. It's about fair opportunities - for football clubs, companies and everyone who lives in the East. "

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For Tellers-Walenta the football dilemma started with the formula "two plus six". Only two clubs in the GDR Oberliga were allowed to play in the 1st Bundesliga in 1991, six were assigned to the 2nd Bundesliga. This formula was the “first nail in the coffin” for East German football, said the Left. To this day he is in a vicious circle. Money and sponsors were missing, as was a lobby for the German Football Association. It is difficult for Eastern clubs to get up.

Interior Minister Roland Wöller (CDU) thought the whole debate was an «own goal» for the left. Professional sport is all about performance. It is of course easier for economically strong clubs to do so. One could object that small clubs would be disadvantaged in the distribution of television money: "But that is clearly an issue that professional football has to solve itself." The call for the state is out of place.

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In the debate, several speakers came out as fans of third division Dynamo Dresden. The commitment to the Champions League semi-finalist RB Leipzig, who, in the opinion of Albrecht Pallas (SPD) "with a lot of money and turbo-capitalist know-how" of the beverage company Red Bull, came to the top was somewhat lower. The money was used well for sustainable sporting success. Second division club Erzgebirge Aue received respect for solid work, and FSV Zwickau was also praised - there are currently no more Saxon clubs in professional football.

Union politician Wolf-Dietrich Rost (CDU) saw the appearance of the left as an example of “how one cannot successfully shape German unity”. Even comparable federal states such as Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein would not have more clubs in the first two leagues. What is more important is the broad sporting anchoring. After all, there are almost 900 football clubs in the Free State with around 6350 teams and 150,000 active players on the ball.

According to AfD politician Holger Hentschel, his party does not want to be either a "Jammer-Ossi" or a "Quota Ossi". He recalled that none of the two-plus-six clubs at the time are no longer represented in the national leagues. However, there have been a few great moments since then, such as the rise of Energie Cottbus to the top division.

Thomas Löser (Greens) highlighted the successes of women's football in the East, for which Turbine Potsdam in particular stands. It doesn't help just to complain that you are disadvantaged. Löser called for a better promotion of young talent. “Instead of bitterness to create something new with power,” was the Dresden politician's motto.

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