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Red Bull boss subjected to Nazi slur

Second-division German side Erzgebirge Aue has apologised to RB Leipzig and Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz after Aue fans displayed a banner showing the Austrian entrepreneur in Nazi uniform.

Red Bull boss subjected to Nazi slur
Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz. Photo: APA

Aue won 2-0 at home on Friday in Germany's second tier Bundesliga against ambitious RB Leipzig, who are sponsored by Austrian energy drink company Red Bull.

But home fans marred the victory by displaying several derogatory banners aimed at Mateschitz and his club.

Seventh-placed RB Leipzig is hoping for promotion to Germany's top tier this year, but is unpopular with German football fans due to the millions of euros invested by the drinks company.

"Out of Austria, only the best for Germany," read the text on one banner, under a drawing of Mateschitz dressed in a Nazi uniform, referring to Austria-born Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Another read: "An Austrian calls and you follow blind, every child knows how that ended. You would have made good Nazis," aimed at the RB Leipzig club.

Aue are likely to be fined by the German Football Association (DFB), who are expected to investigate the matter.

"It's a mess, we strongly distance ourselves from the banners," Aue's president Helge Leonhardt said. "Three points won, but in the end a lot of prestige and recognition lost!"

The club put out an official statement distancing themselves from the banners. "We condemn these banners in the strongest possible terms," read the statement.

"We want nothing to do with people who bring these banners and signs, with such despicable content, into our stadium.

"A minority of fans ensured that there was a nasty taste left after a successful evening for Erzgebirge Aue.

"We want to apologise to RB Leipzig for this."

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Austrian rapper arrested over neo-Nazi songs

Austrian authorities said Tuesday they have arrested a rapper accused of broadcasting neo-Nazi songs, one of which was used by the man behind a deadly anti-Semitic attack in Germany.

Austrian rapper arrested over neo-Nazi songs
Austrian police officers patrol at the house where Adolf Hitler was born during the anti-Nazi protest in Braunau Am Inn, Austria on April 18, 2015. Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP

“The suspect has been arrested on orders of the Vienna prosecutors” and transferred to prison after a search of his home, said an interior ministry statement.

Police seized a mixing desk, hard discs, weapons, a military flag from the Third Reich era and other Nazi objects during their search.

Austrian intelligence officers had been trying for months to unmask the rapper, who went by the pseudonym Mr Bond and had been posting to neo-Nazi forums since 2016.

The suspect, who comes from the southern region of Carinthia, has been detained for allegedly producing and broadcasting Nazi ideas and incitement to hatred.

“The words of his songs glorify National Socialism (Nazism) and are anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic,” said the interior ministry statement.

One of his tracks was used as the sound track during the October 2019 attack outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.

In posts to online forums based in the United States, the rapper compared the man behind the 2019 Christchurch shootings that killed 51 people at a New Zealand mosque to a saint, and translated his racist manifesto into German.

Last September, an investigation by Austrian daily Der Standard and Germany's public broadcaster ARD said that the musician had been calling on members of neo-Nazi online forums and chat groups to carry out terrorist attacks for several years.

They also reported that his music was used as the soundtrack to the live-streamed attack in Halle, when a man shot dead two people after a failed attempt to storm the synagogue.

During his trial last year for the attack, 28-year-old Stephan Balliet said he had picked the music as a “commentary on the act”. In December, a German court jailed him for life.

“The fight against far-right extremism is our historical responsibility,” Austria's Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said Tuesday.

Promoting Nazi ideology is a criminal offence in Austria, which was the birth place of Adolph Hitler.

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