When the referee Tobias Reichel whistled on Sunday afternoon, many things on the lawn of the Rudolf Harbig Stadium in Dresden looked like they did after a tie. Clapping players, slight frustration at missing the win, but that's about it. At first glance, it was hard to see that Dynamo Dresden had finally moved mathematically to VfL Osnabrück after the 2: 2 against VfL Osnabrück. The big emotions, the anger, the disappointment, the tears, they were not to be seen. No more.

"Is that a joke or what? Are you kidding me here or what?" Dresden coach Markus Kauczinski barked into the microphones a week ago when an insensitive Sky reporter asked him whether Dynamo still believed in it last game to catch up three points and fourteen goals. "Do you think that someone in the DFL only thinks for a second what is going on in our heads? It doesn't matter to them. We are the ones who pay the fucking price for all the shit," said a week earlier Dresden defender Chris Löwe. "People sit in their 5,000 euro office chairs, make decisions over our heads and we are the idiots who pay for the whole thing. The question is whether the same thing would have happened to Munich or Dortmund or only to us?"

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Statements that make it clear: Dresdeners feel cheated. As a pawn sacrifice, the billion dollar Bundesliga operation somehow continues.

On matchday 17, at the beginning of December, when Kauczinski took over at Dynamo, Corona was still far away and Dresden was already bottom of the table. At the bottom, but not beaten off. Until the 25th matchday, the last before the Corona break, nothing had changed in the table position, but the team had won twice in a row, was in a good mood and was only one point behind the relegation place.

Then came the pandemic break, which Dynamo was doomed to. It not only stopped the upward trend, the club also suffered more from the restart . Dynamo was the only one of the 36 Bundesliga teams that had to be quarantined due to discovered corona infections. In early May, shortly before the restart, the team was unable to play or train for two weeks. Three league games had to be rescheduled. Dynamo had to play seven games within 19 days, in a three-day rhythm, which maybe European-proven teams are used to, but not a second division team. Especially not someone who had to start training late. The DFL has not agreed to postpone the catch-up games to July, as requested by Dynamo.

A clear case of distortion of competition, said not only the dynamo legend Ulf Kirsten. On Sunday Markus Kauczinski said again: "We came to save German football as a community of solidarity. We did that and paid our price."

The club doesn't want to accept the situation

League boss Christian Seifert said in an interview with Sport1 that he would "in conversation with those responsible at Dynamo Dresden try to explain the situation again, which has struck all 36 clubs that this could happen". In other words: Dynamo knew what the risks were when the league was restarted . "I am very sorry for Dynamo Dresden," said Seifert and added, responding to Löwe's emotional outburst: "I am also sorry that the player feels this way. I thought it was good that he let these emotions out. Where should he go with that? "

The club clearly does not want to accept the current situation and is considering a civil lawsuit. "We have to make it clear that this competition could not have gone like this," said commercial director Michael Born Sky. "We will intensify this and see if there are opportunities and opportunities." A lawsuit has little chance of success.

In addition to the misery surrounding the restart, there are of course homemade problems at Dynamo: 30 goals in 33 games are not enough. Since the dismissal of Uwe Neuhaus in August 2018, the playful orientation has been changed repeatedly among different coaches. Christian Fiél wanted to have possession of the ball with technically strong players at the beginning of the season. In the relegation battle, Kauczinski relied more on crowbar and physique.

Now the restart in League Three follows. At least with Kauczinski, who probably wants to continue: "We will have big goals, also to tackle the resurgence." The association wanted to send a "sign of departure" on Friday. At least that's how the president of the club Holger Scholze put it at the opening of the new training center. But one man was already missing: Ralf Minge. Ex-striker, club icon, six and a half years managing director of the club's sport. One that is inextricably linked to Dynamo.