The petition against Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic recently caused a stir. Now the initiator speaks about the background of the movement.
The conflict between Hasan Salihamidzic and Hansi Flick continues to make waves in the fan scene. Now the Bayern sports director’s family was exposed to numerous hateful comments on social networks. While son Nick up Instagram reacted and demanded that the hatred be stopped, President Herbert Hainer spoke of “agitation” and sharply condemned the utterances.
At the end of March, supporters of Munich founded the group “Pro Hansi Flick, Brazzo out!” and started a petition for Salihamidzic’s immediate resignation.
In conversation with SPOX and goal says Michael Frohsz, spokesman for the group, on the hostility against the family of the former FCB professional as well as on the goals of the organization.
He also appeals to the German record champions and takes a position on the public dealings with Flick and Hainer’s statements.
The initiator of the anti-Salihamidzic petition explains the background
Mr Frohsz, your petition states that the organization “disapproves of the harmful actions of the board, in particular Mr Hasan Salihamidzic, in relation to the cooperation with Mr Flick”. What actions do you mean by that specifically?
Michael Frohsz: This means public statements and actions by Salihamidzic. The biggest faux pas was the way in which the end of the collaboration with Jerome Boateng was communicated. To express this in public in the form of going it alone and at this sensitive point in time is not tolerable. That was not the first public provocation against the coach, again the club allowed this without comment. As fans, we never had the feeling that the board was behind the coach and was fighting for him. Flick certainly didn’t always act flawlessly, but the way they worked against the coach here is to be disapproved of.
Most recently, Salihamidzci’s family was exposed to numerous hateful comments. Do you see your petition as a possible trigger for attacks of this kind?
Frohsz: Of course, as the initiator of this petition, I am concerned about what drives people to go so far, but we cannot take responsibility for all the people on the net. We clearly distance ourselves from any kind of hateful comments and personal hostility. In our Facebook group and the petition, every insult will be deleted immediately and prosecuted. Since it has meanwhile become public that there are many people with a migration background in our country, we ourselves have received many threats and racist hostility. Unfortunately, this has become very fashionable. Salihamidzic was a very good player and achieved a lot with the club, for us he was one of the greatest role models at Bayern. That is why we would never allow ourselves to express hostility against him. Our petition is all about the office of the sports committee, never about people.
Flick himself clearly stood behind Salihamidzic at the press conference before the game against Mainz. Have you set a time limit in setting your goals?
Frohsz: We have decided to continue until the association signals that we are ready to talk, no matter how much time it takes. We have good nerves and a lot of stamina. If in the end the majority of the members vote for a further cooperation with Salihamidzic as sports director, we will gladly accept that.