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Hertha BSC: Tears flow from Hertha’s coach during the minute’s silence for Kay Bernstein

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Tears flow from Hertha’s coach during the minute’s silence for Kay Bernstein

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Death of Hertha President – ​​“You can’t believe he died so young”

The president of Hertha BSC, Kay Bernstein, died unexpectedly at the age of 43. His sudden death caused shock and sadness among friends and football fans, says BILD sports director Walter M. Straten on WELT TV. He has achieved a lot and still has a lot planned, says Straten.

It is the first competitive game after the death of the Hertha president. Before the game against Fortuna Düsseldorf, thousands of fans marched to the Olympic Stadium in silent memory of Kay Bernstein, who died suddenly. Emotional scenes also take place in the stadium.

Thousands came that Sunday morning. Exactly how many were initially difficult to estimate. At 11 a.m. the Berlin police were talking about 7,000. The football fans who had gathered at Berlin’s Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin came to remember Kay Bernstein in a funeral march to the Olympic Stadium. Him, the former president of Hertha BSC, who died unexpectedly last Monday at the age of 43.

The fans were united in silent mourning. Some wore black, others wore the blue and white track jacket that symbolizes amber. He always liked wearing them. But not only Hertha supporters came, but also fans of other Berlin clubs – and also of Fortuna Düsseldorf, Hertha’s opponent on Sunday at the start of the second half of the second division. “Mourning Kay” was written in white letters on a black banner at the head of the funeral procession.

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Hertha BSC fans lay flowers and light candles in front of the Olympic Stadium in memory of the late Hertha President Kay Bernstein

Quelle: Getty Images/Maja Hitij

Bernstein, a former ultra and lead singer in the Hertha curve, was not only popular with his club. He also enjoyed recognition from other fan groups. That’s why so many football fans came. How often: separated in colors, united in sadness.

Service in the chapel of the Olympic Stadium

Bernstein’s death caused great sympathy across the country. At Karlsruher SC, which has had a fan friendship with Hertha for decades, there was a large banner and choreography for Bernstein on Friday. At the Schalke 04 game against Hamburger SV, the club boss was applauded. The active fan scene also remembered him in many other stadiums, such as FC St. Pauli or VfL Bochum.

Funeral march for the deceased Hertha President Kay Bernstein from Theodor-Heuss-Platz towards the Olympic Stadium

Quelle: dpa/Andreas Gora

When the funeral march began to move on Sunday morning, many fans seemed very touched. Hertha BSC posted on X early in the morning: “This game is for you, Kay!”, accompanied by photos of the president in his legendary jacket.

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Amber was also commemorated in the chapel in the Berliners’ home. Pastor Bernhard Felmberg praised Bernstein as an extraordinary person who united the club and the people in difficult times. The stadium screens showed black-and-white photos of Bernstein from his life as a fan leader up to the presidential era. The band around the stadium was a large black banner that read: “In memory of Kay Bernstein.”

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Kay Bernstein’s fans are remembered throughout Germany – like the VfL Bochum supporters here at the game against VfB Stuttgart

Quelle: picture alliance/osnapix/Hirnschal

Any form of usual cheerful anticipation of the game against Fortuna – where DFB President Bernd Neuendorf was also in the stands – was dispensed with. Muffled music was playing. The Hertha professionals warmed up in black T-shirts with the print “We Herthaners in deep mourning”. In the center circle was a round banner with the same words. His jacket, megaphone and white roses were placed on Bernstein’s seat in the stands.

Shortly before kick-off, all supporters sang the Hertha anthem “Just go home”. Afterwards there was a minute’s silence – it wasn’t just fans who had tears in their eyes. Also Pal Dardai, the trainer. He maintained a friendly relationship with Bernstein.

Interim President Fabian Drescher, Bernstein’s friend and former deputy, and Managing Director Thomas Herrisch watched the ceremony arm in arm in the stands.

“Kay was a person who touched us. He was a person who never talked down to himself. He never asked what was good for Kay. He always asked, “What is good for Hertha BSC,” said Hertha coach Dardai on Sky. In the east curve, where Bernstein once stood as lead singer of the Ultras, a banner read: “We water your tree with our tears – you will live forever in our hearts”. After his election as president, Bernstein planted a tree on the club grounds – as a “tender plant of hope” for the club.

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