Dhe relationship between Eintracht Frankfurt and Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD) is shattered. This became clear at the general meeting of the association on Monday evening. Axel Hellmann, spokesman for the board of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG, gave a deep insight into what happened on the sidelines of the cup victory in Seville – and criticized Feldmann sharply. Feldmann “almost destroyed” the moment with his behavior and was “solely concerned with his personal staging”. With regard to Feldmann’s deselection, which is possible immediately by letter, Hellmann said: “Every city always gets, or in this case always keeps, the mayor that it deserves.”
It’s not just about the snatching of the cup shortly before entering the Römer, it’s also not about a “completely inappropriate and confused speech” in the Kaisersaal. Hellmann did not want to comment on Feldmann’s remarks on the flight to Seville: “Each of you has already made your own picture of everything.” Arriving in Frankfurt with the trophy up to the ceremony in the Kaisersaal is not a celebratory moment for the actual protagonists, but for yourself”.
Serious allegations against Feldmann
Hellmann raises serious allegations: Feldmann tried “to prevent the parade through the city because he was not part of the Seville delegation and was therefore not allowed to ride in the parade through the city”. The mayor instructed the city’s protocol to only let himself and no other official representatives of Eintracht Frankfurt, not even the sports director, on the balcony.
“All of this is an expression of a completely wrong understanding of office,” Hellmann called out to the members. Feldmann has so far “not sufficiently, but only succinctly” publicly explained this. Half-hearted offers of talks to clear up “misunderstandings” are more due to public pressure than an inner realization.
A worthy representation desired
Eintracht will not get involved in a party-political debate about who is the right or wrong mayor for Frankfurt. Also, one has neither to evaluate the standing criminal charges against Peter Feldmann nor to raise oneself to moral authorities in the evaluation of the entire AWO complex.
“But we can say one thing and demand that a mayor represents the city of Frankfurt with dignity and style, especially in the big moments for the city, a European cup success after 42 years, which brings 250,000 people peacefully and enthusiastically onto the streets and is not only concerned with his personal staging.”