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Football fans fear rise of Germany’s ‘plastic clubs’

Berlin (AFP) – The promotion of RB Leipzig to the Bundesliga has caused resentment amongst hardcore fans of traditional teams, sparking fears that “plastic clubs” could ruin the traditional culture in Germany’s top flight.  RB Leipzig are backed by Austrian energy-drinks giants Red Bull, who took over a football licence and founded the club in 2009. The team were renamed RasenBallsport Leipzig, specifically to get around the German league rule forbidding teams from carrying a sponsor’s name.
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