Hertha BSC has come to rest for a long time under the new president Kay Bernstein. Suddenly, an espionage affair involving the investor shakes the club. Lars Windhorst is said to have started a campaign against ex-President Gegenbauer with the help of an Israeli security company. Things are getting dicey now.
Lars Windhorst has dismissed reports of an alleged campaign by an Israeli security company against former Hertha President Werner Gegenbauer as nonsense. The 45-year-old was also disappointed by the behavior of those responsible for the Berlin Bundesliga team and their reactions to the allegations. "All of this has nothing to do with a new beginning and respect," Windhorst wrote in the private Facebook group Hertha BSC Fans.
On Thursday, a report by the Financial Times caused a stir that Windhorst allegedly hired a detective agency in Israel to force then-President Gegenbauer out of office. This became known through a lawsuit by the commissioned company. The court in Tel Aviv also confirmed this to the dpa, but did not provide any information on the content or the reasons why the lawsuit was withdrawn on Thursday.
"If you looked at the situation at the time logically, it wouldn't have made any sense at all," said Windhorst, commenting on the security company's alleged commitment. "It would not have required support from a foreign agency, especially for the absurd fee mentioned in the article." Overall, the lawsuit is said to have been about five million euros.
Hertha announced on Friday that it would have the reports processed by a law firm and asked Windhorst to provide a "detailed statement". The club had postponed a media appointment scheduled for Tuesday with the new Hertha President Kay Bernstein and Windhorst.