A controversial jersey print of 1. FC Köln causes outrage among many fans. The association defends its position and wants to advocate more openness.
- The 1. FC Cologne wanted to represent the city skyline on the new jersey and moved into the DITIB mosque with one.
- Now the association is being criticized for depicting the Islamic house of God on their playwear .
- Politicians and fans rail on Twitter, the traditional Bundesliga club * defends itself against the criticism.
Cologne - 1. FC Köln * recently presented a new jersey that shows the Ehrenfeld DITIB mosque in addition to the Cologne Cathedral , the Hohenzollern Bridge and other parts of the skyline . The design is printed in a dark red shade on a light red background, so you have to take a close look at the pattern to recognize the Muslim place of worship.
1. FC Cologne shows the skyline on its new jersey - fans criticize the mosque image
Nevertheless, politicians and fans have been tweeting numerous tweets on the Internet so far, opinions are very divided. For many fans, the political background of the person wearing the mosque is a reason to reject the jersey. The state religious authority of Turkey called Diyanet finances the association DITIB , which is behind the mosque.
According to critics , the association should stand for homophobia, anti-Semitism and nationalism. It was only in 2018 that the head of state of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the mosque.
Because a mosque can also be seen on the current FC Köln shirt, a club member has resigned. The Bundesliga club publicly welcomed the man's move. https://t.co/KToWicZUVM #Islamfeindlichkeit # Fußball @fckoeln # Köln #Moschee #Bundesliga #Tolerance pic.twitter.com/cKJorvoxXP- The News (@DLFNews) August 11, 2020
The 1. FC Köln defends himself against the accusations and says the mosque was "symbolic of the large Turkish community in Cologne, where there is a lot of diehard # effzeh fans". This applies " regardless of how politically one feels about the operator of the mosque".
Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln in the focus of the discussion - homophobic supporters terminate membership, club reacts immediately
After a supporter of the club terminated his membership due to the barely visible shirt print on the game clothing and described this as "leaving the 1. FC Köln religious community", the club posted the email on social media and said goodbye to its former member with the words " Hadi Bye ”- the first word in Turkish means something like “ Let's go ”.
In the letter of resignation, the apparently homophobic author suspected that the jerseys of the Bundesliga team * would be pink in the future, in order to "make the cosmopolitanism perfect". The “Effzeeh” then showed his pink jersey design on Twitter and wrote: “We are happy to confirm this termination. And thank you for the idea with the jersey ”.
# effzeh charter not read?
We are happy to confirm this termination. And thanks for the idea with the jersey.
Hadi bye. pic.twitter.com/KT2kMbOsFr
Trikot-Zoff: Catholic Church welcomes Cologne's approach - CDU man sees great danger in DITIB
There is encouragement for Cologne from the Catholic Church of all places . The Cologne city dean Robert Kleine welcomed the reaction of the association. "Of course, such an ideologically neutral association can and must be able to have all people as members - of course except for those who are explicitly racist or discriminatory," Kleine told domradio.de .
Christoph de Vries , interior expert of the Union, told the picture that Erdogan "under the guise of religious freedom with DITIB is exerting a disastrous influence on citizens of Turkish origin". "The list of misconduct is long with the glorification of war in the mosques, espionage by DITIB imams, influencing Turkish elections and sermons against Christians and Jews , " said the CDU politician. The association is a "danger to social peace and cohesion in Germany".
The former member of the advisory board of 1. FC Köln Wolfgang Bosbach does not see the matter as narrowly. According to the CDU politician, the only intention was to depict the “silhouette of the city”. This includes "for some time now the striking shape of the mosque". (ajr)