Union Berlin fans to stage protest against RB Leipzig
Bundesliga They oppose what their opponents represent
Union Berlin will mark their first game in the Bundesliga with a protest against RB Leipzig on Sunday.
The promoted club are built on working class values and have always shown their disdain for what modern football has become.
A villain for many a football traditionalist is RB Leipzig, who arrived in Germany’s top flight in 2016 after four successive promotions and thanks to the backing of Red Bull.
Union Berlin strongly oppose what RB Leipzig represent and, as a protest, their notoriously noisy and intimidating supporters will fall silent for the first 15 minutes of their match at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei.
However, not everyone at the Berlin club are in favour of the protest.
Goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz has opposed the planned silence with a post on Instagram.
“Silence harms us on the pitch,” he wrote.
“You can do anything, but a boycott won’t help us.
“We need your euphoria, your songs, your cheer!”
On the other hand, Union president Dirk Zingler has fully backed the fans with their protest.
“It’s painful for us to play our first match in the Bundesliga against RB Leipzig,” he said.
“We were critical of them in the second division, so why not in the first?
“It’s perfect for me.”