Dynamo Dresden defender Chris Löwe has attacked the DFL’s treatment of the club following another defeat that leaves his side all but relegated.
The loss to Holstein Kiel on Thursday was the club’s fifth defeat in seven games since the team the came out of isolation, with the the authorities requiring the club to play every three days since to make up their fixtures, with the Kiel game the second of three away fixtures in just six days.
There has been much criticism already of the schedule, in addition to the controversy over the restart as a whole, and the former Huddersfield Town man’s interview with Sky Sport after the match laid bare the players’ feelings.
“What troubled me so much is, if you end up descending in a fair competition, then in the end you have to admit to yourself that it simply wasn’t enough,” he said. “But now I have the feeling, and I speak for the whole club, that something was stolen from us.”
“Do you think anyone in the DFL thinks for one second what is going on in our heads?” he continued, as emotions got the better of him. “It doesn’t matter to them. We are the ones who pay the fu*king price for this whole sh*t.”
In a further interview with Sport1 on Friday, he also called out the “distortion of the competition,” and added that things may have been handled differently if it had been one of the bigger clubs.
“Would this have gone the same way if Bayern, Borussia Dortmund or RB Leipzig had been in the same situation?” he asked. “I think that other ways and means would have been found to end of the season. You feel like a fool. We’re only a second division team who get relegated anyway.”
His interviews won praise on social media and he was defended by coach Markus Kauczinski on Friday. “He said what we all have in our hearts and minds,” he explained at his latest press conference. “I would certainly have put it differently, but we all think the same here.”
The club’s commercial director Michael Born meanwhile has said that the club are considering a legal challenge against the “injustice” of their likely relegation. Kauczinski backed this possibility, “just to show that you resist, that you don’t put up with everything. To show that what happened here wasn’t right.”
Dresden are back in action again on Sunday at SV Sandhausen and even a win may not be enough to take their survival fight to the final match against VfL Osnabrück, which they will have a full week to prepare for.