By Peter Vice @ViceytheSS
FC Köln sporting director Christian Keller expressed his displeasure with a FanKurve Choreo that the club had opted not to approve during Saturday’s contest with Mainz.
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FC Köln supporters unveiled a choreo display on Saturday commemorating 20 years of friendship with the supporters of PSG. The “Wilde Horde” Choreo had actually been turned down by the RheinKlub itself; mindful of the recent fan riots taking place during the Effzeh’s September Conference League meeting with OGC Nice. The public disturbances in the Allianz Riveria Stadium reportedly involved a PSG supporter.
“The motive of the choreo was actually fairly innocuous,” club sporting director Christian Keller noted in a post-match interview, “But in connection with the incidents in Nice, which are still in the back of many people’s minds, it was inappropriate. That’s why we didn’t approve it. Anything that is not approved does not belong in the stadium.”
The 46-year-old club executive, after reiterating that Köln had specifically turned down the request of the ultras to present the choreography, noted that the supporters had smuggled the colored sheets in through the RheinEnergieStadion fences. It’s unclear as to whether there will be any consequences for the dimply. Keller merely called the choreo “inappropriate.”
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Tifo with colors of Paris and Cologne, for the 20th anniversary of the Wilde Horde – Supras Auteuil friendship, this afternoon in the Bundesliga. pic.twitter.com/asFf78C0LZ
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