Borussia Dortmund displayed a message to BVB Fans during the 4-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, thanking for vocal protests against a Nazi-demonstration earlier in the afternoon.
About 40 Nazis gathered at the Sonnenplatz by the Möllerbücke in the Dortmund Kreuzviertel around 1 pm on Saturday according to Ruhr Nachrichten. The square is part of one of the main routes Dortmund fans take to walk to the Westfalenstadion.
The local newspaper reports that it was the third demonstration in three days by right-wing extremists showing a reaction to the repaint of an infamous “Nazi Kiez” graffiti in Dortmund Dorstfeld.
Ein farbenfroher Schlag gegen den „#NaziKiez“ in #Dortmund – #Dorstfeld – das symbolträchtige Negativ-Straßenbild ist Vergangenheit #nonazis #nonazisdo #Neonazis https://t.co/5jzGc2wd6M pic.twitter.com/TO1On5fTx2— Nordstadtblogger.de (@Nordstadtblog) September 6, 2019
The mural, now glowing in bright colours, reads “Our colours are beautiful”. The area is under police protection to hinder Nazis to blight the symbolic wall art again.
On Saturday, the Police made sure that there was a healthy distance between BVB fans and the Nazis, while there was also an official counter-protest organised by Blockado on the other side of the square.
Dortmund fans protested the sad little crowd of brain dead fascists by loudly chanting: “P*ss Off!” and “We are Dortmund are you are not!”
According to Ruhr Nachrichten, the fascists were completely drowned out by stadium goers and counter-protesters.
Borussia Dortmund thanked their fans for their loud protest against the Nazis during the halftime break of the Leverkusen match. A message on their new LED-banner opposite of the Yellow Wall read: “Thanks to all BVB fans that opposed the Nazis at the Sonnenplatz today.”
It is another savvy step taken by the club in their fight against right-wing extremism. Calling Nazis out for what they are publicly for a whole stadium to see is yet another important step of the “Borussia Verbindet” (Borussia Unites) campaign that was honoured by UEFA with the “#EqualGame”-Award during the UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw in August.