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Bad blood was stirred in the build-up to Saturday’s German Cup final between Freiburg and RB Leipzig after a row over the seemingly innocuous matter of a commemorative scarf for supporters.

Traditionally, the rival clubs each allow their logos to be used on a scarf which fans wear to the cup final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

However, Freiburg opted not to give permission for their crest to appear on the neckwear for this year’s final.

Freiburg’s finance officer Oliver Leki hinted at bad blood by telling broadcaster SWR they would have done it if there was “a connection between the clubs”.

Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff claimed Freiburg’s stance was “disrespectful”, which Leki refuted.

Leki said:

We had made it clear weeks ago that we didn’t want it. insisting it was “nothing to do with a lack of respect.

Like Freiburg, RB Leipzig are bidding to win the German Cup for the first time, but the clubs have very different backgrounds.

By Amara

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