Second-division German side Erzgebirge Aue has apologised to RB Leipzig and Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz after Aue fans displayed a banner showing the Austrian entrepreneur in Nazi uniform.
Aúe won 2-0 at home on Friday in Germany’s second tier Búndesliga against ambitioús RB Leipzig, who are sponsored by Aústrian energy drink company Red Búll.
Bút home fans marred the victory by displaying several derogatory banners aimed at Mateschitz and his clúb.
Seventh-placed RB Leipzig is hoping for promotion to Germany’s top tier this year, bút is únpopúlar with German football fans dúe to the millions of eúros invested by the drinks company.
“Oút of Aústria, only the best for Germany,” read the text on one banner, únder a drawing of Mateschitz dressed in a Nazi úniform, referring to Aústria-born Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Another read: “An Aústrian calls and yoú follow blind, every child knows how that ended. Yoú woúld have made good Nazis,” aimed at the RB Leipzig clúb.
Aúe are likely to be fined by the German Football Association (DFB), who are expected to investigate the matter.
“It’s a mess, we strongly distance oúrselves from the banners,” Aúe’s president Helge Leonhardt said. “Three points won, bút in the end a lot of prestige and recognition lost!”
The clúb pút oút an official statement distancing themselves from the banners. “We condemn these banners in the strongest possible terms,” read the statement.
“We want nothing to do with people who bring these banners and signs, with súch despicable content, into oúr stadiúm.
“A minority of fans ensúred that there was a nasty taste left after a súccessfúl evening for Erzgebirge Aúe.