Revierderby ensures amateur trouble

The scheduling of the Revierderbys between Schalke and the BVB draws big trouble in amateur football. Games are postponed, coaches grumble.
The 174th Revierderby between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund causes great annoyance in the amateur footballers of the region – because it is kicked off on Sunday (15.30 clock in LIVETICKER). Around 250 games were therefore relocated to WDR research.
“Especially Sunday is a day when more spectators come to amateur games than on other days,” said Manfred Schniebers of the Football Association Westphalia to the WDR. The effort of rescheduling the games was immense for the volunteers, according to Schniebers. Referees and local councils would have to be available for the new fixtures.

Players prefer Derby to their own game

There are at least 88 relocations in the circus, with up to 75 per cent of the games being postponed, depending on the region. Most clubs deviate to appointments during the week.
The problem is not just missing spectators, but also missing players. Many hobby kickers in the Ruhr area are fans of Schalke or Dortmund and rather look at the classic, than to go to the square itself.
“In my squad I have a lot of Schalke and Dortmund, who are hot for the Revier derby, I’m Schalke myself and in the stadium on Sunday,” said coach Rene Lewejohann of the sixth division SpVgg Erkenschwick, who already played on Wednesday, the WAZ: “If we would have played on Sunday, then would not have come three spectators.We would then have been able to play in a pasture, where a horse and a cow stand.

“Impudence, almost a scandal”

Coach Holger Flossbach from league rival DSC Wanne-Eickel scolded that the appointment was “a slap in the face for all amateur footballers – a joke – almost a scandal.” The German Football League (DFL) had established the attachment, among others, that the BVB could still have played in the Europa League.
A Dodge on the new Monday appointment was not possible because of the Schalke DFB Cup semi-final on Wednesday (20.45 clock) against Eintracht Frankfurt. Against a heading on Sunday evening, the police spoke out, which evaluates the Revierderby as a risky game.

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