Hertha player buys beer for 74,000 fans

Thousands of fans of Berlin’s Hertha BSC football club were treated to a free beer by one of the team’s players on Saturday.

Hertha player buys beer for 74,000 fans
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Midfielder Pal Dardai promised fans in March that if at least 55,000 of them showed up to the team’s next five games, he’d give free beer to fans at the team’s last home game of the season.

Those who didn’t want beer could also order water or soft drinks.

Turnout at the five games easily beat that number and on Saturday, the 33-year-old Hungarian player made good on his promise. Over 74,000 spectators at the sold-out game got a coupon for free suds before the kick-off against FC Schalke on Saturday.

Hertha is currently in third place in the Bundesliga, just behind leader Wolfsburg and second-ranked FC Bayern.

Hertha’s last regular season game is May 23 against Karlsruhe.

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German football club ends partnership with Russia’s Gazprom

German football club Schalke 04 announced Monday it had prematurely ended its partnership with Russian gas giant Gazprom following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

German football club ends partnership with Russia's Gazprom

The deal between the second-tier German club and Gazprom had been due to run until 2025 with Schalke receiving around €9 million ($10 million) per year in sponsorship.

Had the Gelsenkirchen-based club won promotion back to the Bundesliga at the end of this season, the sponsorship figure would have risen to €15 million annually.

Schalke had already removed the Gazprom logo from their shirts for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Karlsruhe.

In a statement, Schalke said their finances were “unaffected by this decision”.

“The club’s management is confident that it will be able to present a new partner in the near future.”

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Gazprom representative Matthias Warnig resigned from the club’s supervisory board last Thursday.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, interim president of the German Football Association (DFB), had already hinted there could be financial aid for Schalke if they split from Gazprom.

“If this requires the solidarity of other clubs in Germany to get them out of this situation, then we have to discuss how we can manage that,” Watzke told ZDF.

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