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Bayern Munich loss halted by fan protests over private investment

Feb 18, 2024, 02:07 PM ET

Bayern Munich’s 3-2 loss against Bochum was suspended due to fan protests against proposed private equity investment, as the Bavarian giants fell further behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Bochum fans threw the tennis balls onto the field forcing an early halt to play. As soon as they were cleared, Bayern supporters flung more tennis balls from their section, leading referee Daniel Schlager to tell both teams to return to their dressing rooms. The fans also chanted against the German soccer league (DFL) with an expletive.

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The match resumed some 13 minutes later. Fans across Germany have been protesting at games against a proposed deal to sell a future stake in the league to a private equity investor.

In previous protests, apples and chocolate coins have been thrown onto the pitch. On Friday, remote control…

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