The recent take-over of Austria Salzburg SV, by the energy drink giant Red Bull, has begun for Salzburgs football fans, the virtual nightmare.
* The Clubs Colours were immediately changed from VIOLET/WHITE to Blue / White / Red
* The Clubs Name and coat of arms changed.
* The Clubs historical identity, it's foundation year, was changed from 1933to 2005, (only to be reinstated by the Austrian football league)
* Loyal fans, that have been the backbone of Austria Salzburg's recent Premiership survival, and there past success are now no longer wanted at the Stadium. The new concern is attempting to replace them with a yuppie style Fan base, that relates more to the owners branding than to the football club itself!
* THE REALITY!
Our end, has been (without consultation of the fan base), cut in half, thus to allow more seats. Our Stadium is one of the few stadiums, if not the only, in Europe where the home fan end is smaller than the away end!!! We are expecting more provocation from the new owners, in an attempt to eradicate the old memories of Austria Salzburg.
*Red Bull distributed violet plastic glasses in our end, at the first home game of the season, with the motto, 'SEE THE FUTURE'. This clearly provocative gesture toward fans, who choose to continue to wear the colours, that represent Salzburg football, was disappointing.
We therefore seek international solidarity, as takeovers like this, are increasing. It happens quicker than you think!
As a next step, we would ask Europe to voice their disapprovals at the take-over of Austria Salzburg, with a weekend Protest against Red Bull. This senseless lack of understanding of the traditions of Salzburg’s football needs to be clearly demonstrated.
Find out about the demonstration at www.tgs92.com/tradition
A loud and clear response needs to echo to Red Bull, about this absurd new era of Salzburg football.