Dortmund fans seek end to Monday night games….

Dortmund fans

Borussia Dortmund’s fans stayed at home in protest and Augsburg left with a point as the hosts had a disappointing night at the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund dropped two points in the race for a Champions League place and were followed by ‘just’ 54,300 fans. That crowd was almost 25,000 down on average as supporters protested against the match being moved to Monday night. Marco Reus had put the home side ahead but Kevin Danso scored from a corner to leave Dortmund frustrated. They stay second but are only three points ahead of RB Leipzig in sixth place.

Up to 15,000 Dortmund fans were expected to miss the game – only the second televised Monday match of a new broadcasting deal – in protest at the move but more stayed away, no doubt swayed by freezing temperatures of -6C. Before kick-off, stadium announcer Norbert Dickel was cheered by the crowd as he said: “We respect the opinion of those who have chosen to stay at home. We are also against a further stretching out of the weekend and will be raising this when the next TV deal is discussed.” A banner was also on display that read: “For fairer kick-off times for fans – no to Monday games.” Dortmund looked sharp in the first half, with Reus sweeping into the roof of the net after Andre Schurrle’s fine ball in was half cut out. But they were sloppy after the break, and were punished for poor marking at a corner when Danso was able to convert his own rebound after his header was saved.

Borussia Dortmund

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