A sea of fan merchandise and red and blue flags across the city: the protest by FC Basel fans against club owner Bernhard Burgener is omnipresent in Basel. A demonstration is to take place in front of the stadium on Saturday.
A large fan protest is to take place in Basel in front of the St. Jakob Stadium on Saturday.
FCB fans fear the club will be sold out to British investors.
Flags and fan articles are visible throughout the city as a sign of protest.
«Zit zum koo!», The Muttenzerkurve has been calling on its website since Monday. On Saturday, the fans should mark their presence in front of the St. Jakob Stadium before the home game against Lucerne in order to raise their voice against the club boss Bernhard Burgener. “It’s about setting an example: Against Burgener and his plans and for David Degen as the only bearer of hope in the whole region,” says the appeal.
The background to the discontent are the rumors about the entry of the British investment company Centricus, which is to participate in the club. In addition, the fans fear that minority shareholder David Degen will be booted out via an opaque company structure in which Burgener should have a finger in the game. The ex-FCB professional would have a right of first refusal for the shares that should now go to Centricus. The fans fear the sell-out of the club and nothing less than the “disintegration of the institution FC Basel 1893”.
As the first visible sign of their displeasure, fans started placing fan articles on Barfüsserplatz a week ago. The memorial next to the terrace of the city casino, where the team celebrated their titles in good years, has now reached an imposing size. On the night of Tuesday, red and blue flags were also hung all over the city. “They hang on every corner in Basel,” reports a news scout.
Burgener’s “Day of Reckoning”
Burgener has only vaguely commented on these allegations and rumors. However, he emphasized to SRF that he would keep control of the club. “I’m looking forward to the day of reckoning,” he acknowledged the speculations about the Centricus deal and opaque mailbox companies with which many would have “slipped away”. “If you only ever say half-things, the wrong image can quickly emerge,” he said.
It is not clear when the day of reckoning will come. As the Muttenzerkurve writes in its appeal, Degen’s right of first refusal expires in less than two weeks.