Updated December 16th, 2023 at 06:58 IST

Chocolate coins cause Bundesliga stoppage as fans protest investment deal at Gladbach-Bremen game

Fans' protests about an investment deal were evident on Friday in the Bundesliga, as foil-wrapped chocolate coins were thrown onto the pitch during a brief pause in Borussia Moenchengladbach's match against Werder Bremen.

Referee Feliz Zwayer and a steward pick up objects from the field during a Bundesliga match | Image:AP
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Foil-wrapped chocolate coins flew onto the field in the Bundesliga on Friday as fans made their unhappiness with an investment deal clear by forcing the action to be briefly stopped in Borussia Moenchengladbach's game against Werder Bremen.

Fan groups across Germany have pledged to protest the league's plan to sell a stake of future broadcast revenues to an outside investor. The groups have agreed on a silent protest with no singing and chanting for the first 12 minutes of each game this weekend.

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When the 12 minutes were up, Gladbach's fans went a step further by hurling the chocolate coins in gold foil — a common holiday gift for children — onto the field. There was a five-minute stoppage while stadium staff, joined by referee Felix Zwayer, picked up the coins.

There were also protests in the second division. A game between Paderborn and Hansa Rostock was briefly stopped because Rostock fans followed the 12 minutes of silence with a display of flares.

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 06:58 IST