The view from Germany


June 25, 2013
By Uli Hesse
Hundreds of candles were burning in Duisburg last Tuesday - in vain. Some 3,000 MSV fans had congregated outside the stadium to pray and plead for their club. But on the following day a court of arbitration ruled that Duisburg's appeal for a Second Bundesliga licence would be rejected.

What this boils down to is that tradition-laden MSV Duisburg will not be playing in the Second Bundesliga next season, even though they have avoided relegation fair and square on the field of play.

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