Watzke inundated with death threats

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that he has been the subject of death threats from fans of RB Leipzig.

Supporters of the two clubs clashed prior to their Bundesliga clash at the beginning of February where Dortmund supporters could be seen holding up offensive banners during the tie.

As a result, Dortmund, who claimed a 1-0 win that day, were fined €100,000. They also had to close the famous south stand at the Signal-Iduna-Park for Saturday's 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg.

Explaining the situation, Watzke said: "If I would publish everything that I have received in the last 14 days. Among other things, threatening letters that went from, 'We'll hang you up' to 'When you go through east Germany you will not make it even to Saxony.'

"I personally can live with it, I've always been able to deal with it, but it's very painful for my family as well."

Watzke has previously been reported as saying that Leipzig was formed "to sell cans of soda".

And despite seemingly standing by that assertion, he does not feel the death threats are a proportionate response.

He added: "In Germany, it is always very important that someone says, 'I confess guilt,'. But honestly, I do not confess to guilt.

"And believe me, I have reflected [on] my statements very intensively and critically. I still do not recognise anything that would have contributed to violence.

"I hate violence. I personally did not attack or discredit anybody from Leipzig. But on the contrary, I have always been a passionate democrat who argues with words for his conviction, with words that do not offend or discriminate."

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