When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele, Shinji Kagawa and the rest of the Borussia Dortmund players step out onto the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening, they won’t have the backing of their passionate supporters.
A few thousand Dortmund supporters have decided to boycott this weekend’s Bundesliga clash against newly-promoted RB Leipzig due to their strong feelings about their opponent’s rise to the top.
Their feelings are so strong that they are refusing to travel, even if it leaves their team without any support from the stands.
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According to ESPN, Dortmund fans are boycotting the team’s first away match of the 2016-17 campaign under the motto “Because we love football”.
The report adds that the BVB faithful feel their values of football are in direct contrast to those of RB Leipzig, who are owned by drinks giant Red Bull.
Dortmund fans critical of RB Leipzig
"The construct of the promoted side from Leipzig stands against everything that we associate with football,” supporter group Südtribüne Dortmund explained on their website last month. “It is scandalous that a purely commercially driven marketing branch of an Austrian drink manufacturer is allowed to compete in Germany's top flight. They contradict all sporting and emotional values.”
Dortmund fans' plan for Saturday
So, what will the fans do instead? Try and watch the game on TV, hang out with their families?
Neither of those things, apparently.
Instead of travelling 400 kilometres to the Red Bull Arena, the defiant Dortmund fans will instead support the club’s reserve team who face SV Wuppertal earlier on Saturday.
After attending that match at the Stadion Rote Erde, next to Signal Iduna Park, they will then listen to the Dortmund game on the radio.
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