Not happy, Uli Hoeness.

The honorary president of Bayern Munich said he was upset by the disturbances that occurred Thursday night at the club's general meeting, when opponents of an advertising contract with Qatar wanted to make their voices heard.

“The worst incident I've ever seen at Bayern (…) I'm ashamed,” Hoeness said after the club's annual meeting, which lasted five hours overnight from Thursday to Friday.

Tensions had risen in recent days between the leaders of the "Rekordmeister" and a group of supporters-members of the club who are asking to renounce a sponsorship contract with Qatar Airways, for an amount estimated at 20 million euros per year.

They believe that the moral values ​​of the club do not allow accepting money from a company belonging to a state accused of human rights violations.

“Hate out!


The contract, which allows Qatar Airways to display its logo on the sleeve of the shirts, runs until 2023, but opponents are campaigning for it not to be renewed.

They rely on reports from NGOs that accuse Qatar of exploiting migrant workers, accusations strongly rejected by the emirate.

On Thursday evening, a group of about 800 members of the general assembly attacked club president Herbert Hainer, shouting "Hainer out!"


Before the GA, the management of the club had a motion blocked by the courts that the protesters wanted to put to a vote.

Profits in free fall

The club leaders' argument is that it is easier to influence a state's policy through cooperation than through outright withdrawal.

“I remain firmly convinced that dialogue is the best way to bring people together,” Herbert Hainer told the assembly.

He also claimed that the club have yet to make a decision on the contract extension.

Qatar Airways is a “platinum” partner of Bayern, that is to say a sponsor of the second most important rank after the four partners holders of shares which are Allianz, Audi, Adidas and Telekom.

The sponsorship money is all the more important as the Covid has dried up the finances of the clubs.

In fiscal year 2020-2021, the turnover of the Bavarian giant fell by more than 100 million euros, from 750.4 to 643.9 million.

The group's after-tax profits also plunged from $ 52.5 million to $ 1.9 million.


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