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Sports official blames AfD for violence in sport

After repeated acts of violence in amateur football, the referee chairman of the district of Dieburg, Thorsten Schenk, blamed the AfD for a rise in social disinhibition, which leads to such acts.

Published: October 31, 2019, 6:00 am


    “Just take the AfD. It says things that are completely unspeakable, and nobody punishes them for it. On the contrary, someone like Mr. [Björn] Höcke gets almost 25 percent of the vote, ” he told German daily Die Welt.

    The phenomenal rise of the AfD, which came in second place with 23,4 percent of the vote in Thuringia last week, is attributed to Höcke, with the party more than doubling its share of voters since the last state election.

    During the match between the Hessian clubs FSV Münster and the TV Semd, FSV player Hayri Güven beat the referee unconscious on Sunday after being sent off. The injured referee had to be flown to hospital by helicopter. Even days after the attack, the offender has still not apologized to his victim, the father of the referee told tabloid Bild.

    Meanwhile, Schenk emphasized – without irony – that it was not effective to assign the problem of violence to a particular group. “Idiots are everywhere, no matter where they come from.”

    But in recent months there have been repeated violent attacks on referees in amateur football. The perpetrators almost all have foreign roots.

    The incident comes after the Berlin Football Federation cancelled all matches in the Berlin-Liga, the German capital city’s highest league of football and sixth tier of German football.

    The matches were cancelled after the league’s referees announced they were going on strike for the weekend due to a spike in violence against referees. Some 53 attacks have been reported this season alone.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      It’s hard to say whether Mr. Schenk is either naive to the point of idiocy, or an anti-AfD partisan trying to play the part of a concerned citizen. At any rate, his remarks are nonsensical. Those responsible for the uptick in sports violence are of course the sports officials and the legal authorities who are supposed to, as part of their job, to prosecute assaults such as the one discussed in this article. However, as most of the perpetrators of violence in sports in Germany have ‘foreign roots”, prosecutions are not done effectively, if at all, in many cases, due to virtue signaling and political correctness. And so it will get worse, and as it does, the AfD will always somehow get blamed for it.

      • silent_pilot

        Hayri Güven – a Kurd, apparently.


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