Bundesliga news

Dortmund win battle over far right poster

December 10, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Borussia Dortmund have successfully fought against a reference to their famous Suedtribuene [south stand] in posters by the far right party Die Rechte.

Suedtribuene Dortmund south stand
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The Bundesliga side won a court case to prevent Die Rechte from using the name 'Suedtribuene' in a campaign for the upcoming council election.

Die Rechte used the black and yellow colours of the club on their posters to promote the far right party. The posters showed Siegfried Borchardt, who is running for a seat in the council parliament.

Borchardt is an infamous figure in Dortmund, after his role in the 1980s hooligan organisation Borussenfront.

The club had lost an earlier court case and took the case to a Higher Regional Court, which, on Monday, issued an injunction to no longer use the colours and slogan to promote the election campaign.

“Although BVB are not named the posters create the impression as if the club acknowledges the canvassing,” the judge said. The interference with the personal rights of the enterprise Dortmund is severe, the court argued.

“Borussia Dortmund cannot be misused by anyone politically,” the club commented on their official website. Dortmund reiterated that “tolerance and diversity are central values of our club.”

On the far right website Dortmund Echo, however, Die Rechte vowed to fight on and take the case to the Federal Court of Justice of Germany

It commented: “In reality, the poster does not directly allude to the club, but moreover to the fan scene based on the Suedtribuene, where Borchardt is a cult figure for many BVB fans.”

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