After announcing that it would not appeal to the arbitration court against the relegation match against fortuna dusseldorf (2:2), the second-division club, which is in debt to the tune of 34.7 million euros, is concentrating on personnel planning for the new season, which begins on sunday with the start of training.
For the time being, only a skeleton team will be playing on the training ground. Because of the legal dispute, hertha has lost a lot of time and has not yet been able to make any transfers. Manager michel preetz has so far sorted out a quintet in andrej mijatovic (ingolstadt), tunay torun (vfb stuttgart), christian lell, andreas ottl and patrick ebert (new clubs open), but according to media reports, anis ben-hatira is also about to jump ship. The club baniyas SC from abu dhabi is said to have offered the striker six million euros for a four-year contract.
Hertha hopes to make double-digit millions by selling its pearls raffael and adrian ramos, but apparently the offers made so far do not yet match the capital club’s expectations. Ramos will be granted extended leave due to country match commitments with colombia, as will roman hubnik, who reached the european championship quarterfinals with the czech team. The herthans are keeping their fingers crossed for the central defender, because every day he plays in the european championships increases the costs for the cash-strapped capital club by 9300 euros. So far, hertha has collected around 260,000 euros for hubnik and will be able to collect as much as 353,000 euros if the czechs reach the final.
For new coach jos luhukay, the new team will be made up of players like hubnik, thomas kraft, fabian lustenberger, ronny and peter niemeyer, who will continue to play in berlin in the second half of the season. League have signaled. But with kraft and levan kobiashvili suspended for the season opener due to the incidents in the relegation match and the return of striker pierre-michel lasogga after tearing his cruciate ligament, luhukay faces a mammoth task in forming a powerful team.
Some further personnel issues are to be clarified in the coming weeks, such as the question of the continued employment of maikel aerts or christoph janker. New additions to the team are the returnees marvin knoll (dynamo dresden) and daniel beichler (SV ried), who were on loan last season, as well as the 17-year-old captain of the newly-crowned german B-youth champions hany mukhtar.
Even though hertha refrained from appealing to the permanent court of arbitration after "careful consideration," the legal battles against the DFB are not over. This is how hertha is defending itself against the decision of the DFB control committee to fine the club 50,000 euros for the incidents in the chaos match and to limit the number of home fans to 15,000 in the first home match of the second division season.
The relegation play-off on 15. May had ended under scandalous circumstances. After pyrotechnics had been burned and thrown onto the pitch from both the hertha block and dusseldorf fans, spectators stormed the pitch before the final whistle. Only after a 20-minute interruption was the game continued. The 2:2 sealed the sporting relegation of hertha. The sports court and the DFB’s federal court subsequently dismissed the berliners’ protests.