Do you know why fans throw tennis balls and candy on Bundesliga pitches?

photo: EPA-EFE / RONALD WITTEK

German Football League (DFL), which organizes the Bundesliga, announced on Thursday that it had abandoned a planned deal with private investors, following strong protests from fan groups against the project.

- Considering the current developments, the successful continuation of the process no longer seems possible - said Hans-Joachim Watzke, spokesman of the DFL presidency, after the meeting in Frankfurt.

Fans have been protesting this project for several weeks, notably by disrupting matches by throwing objects onto the pitches, leading to frequent stoppages in play.

In December, Germany's first and second division soccer clubs voted to allow a financial investor to take a stake in the DFL's media group in a deal estimated to be worth between 900 million and 1 billion euros.

But it sparked a months-long wave of protests by fans who opposed the move, which they saw as further commercialization of football in the country. During many games, they interrupted play by throwing tennis balls and candy, and through banners.

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