Almost a year after his release from Hertha in January 2021, ex-manager Michael Preetz (54) draws attention again – and annoys parts of the blue and white fans!
In a private video message that was shared on social networks and clicked on by more than 10,000 people, Preetz says: “Here comes a greeting to ‘The beautiful Unioners’, whom I would like to congratulate on a really great first half of their team . “
As a reminder: Preetz is Hertha’s record scorer with 84 Bundesliga goals, and later worked as a manager for more than eleven years. After the sporting crash, he was released together with coach Bruno Labbadia after the 1: 4 against Bremen in January 2021.
According to BILD information, he has not yet signed a termination agreement and is therefore still an employee of Hertha from a legal point of view.
The fact that the club legend is now congratulating fans of the city rival pisses off some Hertha supporters.
One Twitter user wrote: “Hertha seems to have only been a job for you.” Another comments: “Is there no longer any“ loyalty ”in football?”
Irritating: With a view to the hot cup derby on January 19th in the Olympic Stadium, Preetz says that everyone is “excited (…) how this game will end”. No commitment to ex-club Hertha, whose name he does not mention in the 35-second clip, or even a statement that he wishes Hertha the victory.
However, there are also voices in social networks who defend Preetz.
Because: The message of greeting was commissioned for a good cause. Preetz is part of “WeWave”, a platform on which customers can order personal video messages from celebrities.
A greeting from Preetz costs 59 euros, which he says he donates 100 percent to charity on his profile. From his environment it is said that Preetz joined six months ago at the invitation of the DFB Allstars, a group of ex-national players. Since then he is said to have created around 30 videos for a good cause – until the Eisern fans took the liberty of joking.
The “Schönen Unionern” is a loose association of Union fans who are also connected to one another in the music industry. The initiator had the idea for the Preetz video during a stay in Vietnam.
According to reports, they were also surprised that Preetz actually sent the message – even if he should have defused the originally desired content.
Preetz did not want to comment on BILD’s request.