Proving to be a common topic, the Bayern Munich supporters in the Südkurve protested Bayern’s mint-green away jerseys once again during Der Klassiker. The first banner of the night (AZ has a photograph) showed Stefan Effenberg in a classic Bayern jersey encouraging Die Roten with the words,
Let’s go, you Reds — to your place in the sun!
The sponsor on the youthful Effenberg’s jersey reads MRP — standing for Munich Red Pride, one of the ultra groups at the Südkurve.
While Bayern was being creative on the field, the ultras then matched Bayern’s energetic attitude with a hilariously creative second banner. The second banner has an older version of Effenberg, now wearing the mint-green away-jersey. This time he says, “Something like that you wear on vacation, not on the pitch.” Effenberg also sported a KAFALA Airways patch in place of the familiar Qatar Airways. The kafala system is the “sponsorship system” for migrant workers in Qatar that effectively reduces them to a state of slave labor.
Effenberg, a beloved cult character among Bayern fans, became the protest symbol with a funny, yet crystal clear message.
It is not the first time the Bayern fans have protested Bayern’s recent use of non-historical colors. The fans have also vehemently protested Bayern’s blue shorts, eventually forcing the club to concede that the primarily colors in the future will be red and white. Notably, in an away game against Mainz in October, the ultras put up a banner of a jersey with the words: “Today we packed the right jersey.” In place of a sponsor, the jersey featured a paragraph symbol and an unmistakable message: “§1 The club colors are inviolable,” parodying Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s quotation of the first paragraph (i.e. §1) of the German constitution at the now infamous press conference the front office gave to protest the media.