After the FPÖ scandal, it’s over: Hinteregger ends his career completely unexpectedly

After the FPÖ scandal it’s over
Hinteregger ended his career completely unexpectedly

Surprise in the Bundesliga: soccer professional Martin Hinteregger from Eintracht Frankfurt ends his career with immediate effect. The Austrian has recently come under heavy criticism after cooperation with an FPÖ municipal council became public.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga professional Martin Hinteregger is ending his football career with immediate effect. The Hessians announced this surprising decision by the 29-year-old. “I enjoyed the victory in the Europa League so much because I knew then that it would be my last big victory celebration with the fantastic fans in this city, which has become my second home,” said Hinteregger in the club’s announcement Football Bundesliga Clubs.

The contract with Europa League winners Frankfurt, which was valid until June 2024, will be terminated. Sports director Markus Krösche said: “Martin’s decision came as a surprise to us, but he explained his perspective and reasons to us in an impressive and convincing manner. Therefore, there was no question for us to comply with this sportingly painful but humanly understandable wish.”

“Emotional, perhaps thoughtless words”

Hinteregger explained that because of his “fluctuating performances” he had had the first thoughts of “retiring after the season” last autumn. He will “only think back to my time at Eintracht with great gratitude and joy,” said the former professional, and “I still feel a strong connection to the club and its supporters.” Eintracht said goodbye to their former defense chief on Twitter. “This decision deserves the utmost respect. Thank you for everything, Hinti!” the club wrote in a post. “We wish you all the best for the future. You are and will always be an eagle.”

The Austrian was recently heavily criticized because cooperation with an FPÖ municipal council became public. Hinteregger ended the collaboration and credibly demarcated to the right, but made the next controversial statements in further interviews. The 29-year-old also commented on this again in his statement: “Emotional, perhaps thoughtless words from me have caused irritation and I would like to apologize for that. I very much regret that. To put it very clearly again: right, intolerant and I condemn inhuman ideas in the strongest terms.”

According to “Bild”, Hinteregger was “down through” with the club, the coach and the team, also because he did not perform better, returned to the team unfit from the last summer break and celebrated so excessively through the night after the Europa League victory, that he overslept the farewell to Eintracht pros Stefan Ilsanker, Aymane Barkok and Danny da Costa the next morning. Hinteregger now announced that he first wanted to gain “a little distance” in order to then “realign his life”.

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