While other European leagues are prolonging their football weekend with televised Monday kick offs, Germany's top flight is bucking the trend, following pressure from fans.
Fans rallied against the five matches held on Monday nights – Montagsspiele – last season, when the initiative was first introduced, either with silent protests at matches or boycotts.
Some supporters also threw tennis balls on the pitches to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. Others held up colourful signs or posters with 'gegen Montagsspiele' (against Monday games) written across them.
The first Monday night kick-off this season is on December 3rd when Nuremberg host Bayer Leverkusen.
Now, in what appears to be a result of the fan protests and complaints by the clubs, when the new TV contract starts with the 2021/22 season, the five TV matches will be switched to Sundays and the Monday games will be scrapped.
The German Football League (DFL) posted a statement bout the decision to stop the Monday Games on Wednesday. The organization said: “The DFL can confirm that a decision was made as early as September to abandon Monday games in the Bundesliga when the next media rights deal is negotiated.”
— DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga (@DFL_Official) November 21, 2018
By the end of September, spectators in the first three leagues had expressed their dissatisfaction with what they saw as a growing gap between supporters, clubs and associations, as well as the increasing commercialization of football. 'We're taking our game back!' – is the fans' motto.
In view of the often fierce fan protests, some club managers had backed them – which Borussia Mönchengladbach's manager Max Eberl criticized in 'Sport Bild' in September.