This is strong stuff for Borussia Dortmund! As the club itself admitted and demonstrated with the dismissal of coach Marco Rose, BVB is anything but satisfied with the past season. But now, of all people, one of the main sponsors fires a broadside from an ambush.

Harsh criticism of BVB: At the digital general meeting of the cup jersey sponsor Evonik, CEO Christian Kullmann (53), who is also chairman of the BVB supervisory board, said according to the “Bild” newspaper: “The minority stake in BVB and the sporting achievements of the team have no effect on the Evonik Industries share price. However, it is true that we also judged BVB’s appearance in the international competitions to be extremely poor this year.”

Cup sponsor: Boom! That swipe was right on. Bitter for the Essen-based chemical group: BVB only wears the company’s logo on its chest in the cup competitions, while the internet service provider 1

Less money for BVB: However, the “poor performances” of the black and yellow also have something good for the chemical giant. Kullmann: “The costs were halved compared to previous years to around eight million euros. The exact amounts depend on the successes of the team.”

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