BERLIN. Hertha BSC has announced that it will introduce a “queer protection concept” at home matches at the start of the new season. With the code word “Where is Lotte?” Those affected must turn to stadium or Hertha staff in “unpleasant situations”. “If you experience discrimination, harassment, threats, harassment, insult or violence (physical or psychological), we would like to offer you a safe place and help,” says the Bundesliga soccer club. The offer is aimed at all people who need help on the day of the match, including away fans.
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On the day of the match, helpers from “Team Lotte” in eye-catching pink jackets should be available around the stadium, and a shelter is also planned. There must be psychosocial emergency care on site, and there are also contacts with the medical service. In addition, those affected can be referred to trained partner organizations “intended to ensure professional care beyond ‘first aid’ and the day of the match,” the club said.
“As a club in the capital, it is our aim and our responsibility to provide all stadium visitors with a great matchday experience that makes them feel comfortable and safe. The concept ‘Where’s Lotte?’ represents an important step towards a safe stadium experience for everyone,” said Hertha Managing Director Thomas E. Herrich. (pc)