Fans continue protests against Bundesliga's outgoing Monday night matches
Soccer supporters in Germany are continuing to protest against Monday night games in the Bundesliga, despite the DFL, the professional league, scrapping the controversial match day slot in the next media rights cycle.
Table-toppers Borussia Dortmund's match at bottom side Nuremberg was halted twice last night as fans threw black tennis balls on to the pitch, the latest in a long list of acts of defiance.
The game was televised by Eurosport, as part of the Discovery-owned network's package of 45 games per season, which also includes every prime-time Friday evening game (at 8.30pm) and five Sunday afternoon games (at 1.30pm), plus the Supercup and relegation play-offs non-exclusively.
According to reports in Germany, two Nuremburg fans tried to storm the Eurosport studio in the Max-Morlock Stadion to protest at the game being played, but were stopped by security guards.
The DFL announced in late November that there will be no Monday package of live fixtures made available from 2021-22, with those games likely to switch to Sundays.
Monday night soccer debuted in the top-tier Bundesliga in 2017-18, with five matches played across the season, with kick-off times of 8.30pm (CET).
The aim was to give teams taking part in European club competition the more time for rest and recuperation, but they have been subject to fierce protests, principally from away fans who have had to take time off work to attend games.
The first game, between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig in February 2018, was disrupted when Eintracht supporters threw toilet rolls and tennis balls on to the pitch, while banners displaying 'No more Monday games!' have been a regular occurrence around the league.
Nuremburg fans boycotted the first half of the team's 3 December home match against Bayer Leverkusen, many of whose fans had already vowed to stay away.
The DFL has also dropped Monday night games from the second-tier 2. Bundesliga starting in 2021-22. Those matches are presently shown exclusively by pay-TV's Sky Deutschland.