Ein horrified Uli Hoeneß was already at the lectern. But the honorary president, who had followed the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich, which ended in unprecedented chaos, for hours with a few seats next to the also persevering coach Julian Nagelsmann, left the podium after a short time without a word. The riot of a fan opposition with whistles and boos against the Bayern bosses with President Herbert Hainer as the central stimulus had escalated around the controversial issue of Qatar sponsorship.
Loud “Hainer out, Hainer out” echoed through the Audi Dome at midnight because the President abruptly stopped speaking at midnight on Thursday evening after a five-hour meeting. A slowed-down member promptly stood on a chair and simply gave his speech without a microphone. There were bizarre scenes that took place in the Munich basketball court.
“I have to sleep on that first”
“We are Bavaria – and you are not,” shouted the indignant members – and also: “We are the fans you don’t want.” The distraught and stunned Hoeneß told the “kicker” when he left the meeting place: “I have to sleep first. That was the worst event I have ever seen at FC Bayern. “
She was definitely one of a kind. For a long time it went as usual, quite harmoniously, even if Corona is currently sporting the record champions in the fourth wave and has been financially burdened since spring 2020. Oliver Kahn gave his first speech as CEO and successor to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He warned against “unlimited” investor funds at some clubs in Europe and spoke of the “most fundamental change” that football is currently experiencing.
At the latest with the agenda item motions, the mood boiled high. A spontaneous request by member Michael Ott to vote on the termination of the partnership with Qatar Airways after the end of the contract in 2023 was rejected by Vice President Dieter Mayer with reference to a decision made by the Munich district court on the same day.
Otts’ request that the club should continue to hold 75 percent of the shares in FC Bayern AG and not be able to sell another five percent also failed to achieve the required three-quarters majority.
Because of the stricter corona rules, only about 800 members were present, apparently many of them hardliners. The plenary presumably did not represent the more than 290,000 members. There is still no decision on the future of Qatar sponsorship, said Hainer. “We will fulfill the contract,” he said about the ongoing business relationship with Qatar’s airline.
You have “clear criteria by which we align partnerships,” said Kahn calmly. The CEO promoted dialogue on the human rights issue in the host country of the 2022 World Cup. That is better than excluding and excluding. At the end of a memorable general meeting, nobody could talk about a healthy Bavaria world.