Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund supporters don’t unite very often, but when they do come together, they let you know about it. Both clubs played at home this week in the UEFA Champions League and, in a clearly coordinated effort, showed their displeasure with the latest changes to the competition. During Dortmund’s match against Sporting on Tuesday and Bayern’s match against Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday, fans unfurled large banners (later confiscated by UEFA) that read the following:
STOP UCL REFORMS! FOOTBALL FOR MILLIONS OF FANS - NOT BILLIONS OF EURO!
It is, of course, a rejection of the upcoming changes to the Champions League beginning in the 2024/25 season that the boards of both clubs supported instead of joining The Super League that came and went in a day.
What does it mean for the future of the competition? Unfortunately, nothing. It’s still going to happen, and both clubs will be there. The supporters are going to be there in the stands supporting the clubs when the bloated corpse of the Champions League kicks off in the fall of 2024.
Still, the fans are making it clear to UEFA and the boards of both Bayern and BVB, that the new UCL reforms are bad for the sport.