Football column: How Schalke chaots and Salihamidzic haters torpedo any legitimate criticism

When FC Schalke 04 returned from Bielefeld, hunting scenes occurred at the Veltins-Arena.

At Schalke, violent criminals attack the team after relegation, at FC Bayern Hasan Salihamidzic is exposed to hatred and malice after Hansi Flick’s withdrawal. The anti-social behavior of the pseudo-fans is all the worse because it also muzzles the objectively arguing critics. The football column.

Hasan Salihamidzic is expected to celebrate a small anniversary on Saturday. Should FC Bayern make the German championship perfect early with a win in Mainz, it would be the tenth title since he took over as head of sports less than four years ago.

An outstanding record that is also unique in top international football. For comparison: Uli Hoeneß, as Bayern manager, needed ten years for his first ten titles.

Against the background of these success numbers, it seems all the more strange that Salihamidzic is massively criticized by many fans of the record champions. This is mainly due to the fact that he is not entirely unjustly made the main person responsible for Hansi Flick’s withdrawal.

In fact, in the past few months the 44-year-old, with his sometimes internally very confrontational and uncompromising manner, has made a major contribution to the rift with the coach, which in the end can no longer be cemented. In addition, there is the general criticism of Salihamidzic’s appearance and his mistakes in the squad planning, although here the successful newcomers such as Davies, Goretzka or Pavard are often suppressed. In addition, it is imperative to truth that the ex-professional had and continues to have the clear backing of the board of directors, the supervisory board and, above all, his mentor Uli Hoeneß.

Salihamidzic receives massive criticism for Flick’s withdrawal

The general anti-mood, however, is increasingly taking on defamatory and sometimes xenophobic traits. Some also see Salihamidzic in the focus of criticism because, for many ignoramuses, his prominent position in German football does not match their crude worldview of the role of a refugee child from Bosnia. Indeed, in the negative reviews of his work there are always references to his origin, his schooling, his rhetorical weaknesses or his current appearance with a long beard and dark suits.

The insults and threats against the former darling of the public in the anonymity of social media, which meanwhile also burden the family, are correspondingly out of the question.

Both son Nick, who plays in the U19 of FC Bayern, and his wife have made this public on their own initiative.

“In the last few days I have received a lot of ugly and very insulting comments that have nothing to do with my work and relate exclusively to my husband and his job. He is insulted as a person and our whole family is attacked at the same time,” wrote Esther Salihamidzic on the account of her yoga studio and demanded an immediate end to the wave of anger.

In this season, Schalke board member Alexander Jobst was the victim of obviously badly disturbed pseudo fans. The marketing boss, who has long been criticized by the fans, recently announced his resignation at the end of the season despite an ongoing contract – because of ongoing death threats against himself and his family.

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“Of course Schalke is a special and emotional club. But in the end it is still just football. It must not become normal when the board of a football club is offered personal protection.”

But the Royal Blues haven’t gotten any better since then, on the contrary. Since the first Bundesliga relegation in 33 years has been confirmed this week, players and those responsible have actually had to fear for life and limb, which is why the club even officially asked for police protection.

Before that, the night after the game in Bielefeld, real hunting scenes had taken place in the arena, unlike anything else in the history of the Bundesliga. A mob of 500 to 600 crazy chaots who had received the returning team – of course in disregard of all Corona rules – did not stop at bad insults and egg throws against the team. Not even demolishing the cars of the professionals ended the destructive rage.

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