This Ultra now wants to become president of Hertha – BZ Berlin

Stormy weather at Hertha BSC. There are motions to dismiss chairman Werner Gegenbauer (71) at the general meeting at the end of May. And in the background are forming candidates who want to become the new president.

By Robert Matiebel

One of them is Kay Bernstein (41). Explosive: The entrepreneur is deeply rooted in the ultra scene, is one of the original members of the East Curve Harlequins group. This ultra formation is one of the most active in the capital and sees itself well anchored in the tradition of football: against commercialization, against modern jersey colors, against investors.

Lars Windhorst joined Hertha as an investor on June 18, 2019 (Photo: picture alliance/dpa)

Bernstein’s candidacy could also have consequences for investor Lars Windhorst, who bought shares in the club for 374 million euros.

Bernstein was once a so-called capo. They are lead vocalists from the fan block who are allowed to stand on the fence and start singing through a megaphone. In the early 2000s, he began coordinating the fan scene and giving it a voice. For one share he received 2005 a stadium ban.

The BZ wrote: “In the match against Wolfsburg, sponsor Vattenfall handed out 40,000 rattles. Bernstein asked the fans to throw the crap. A standard bearer who filed a complaint against unknown people was injured.

Hertha chairman Werner Gegenbauer at the final general meeting in May 2021 (Photo: City Press)
Hertha chairman Werner Gegenbauer at the final general meeting in May 2021. He is unlikely to be happy about Bernstein’s candidacy (Photo: City Press)

In reaction to the stadium ban, Harlequins launched a boycott, only then manager Dieter Hoeneß was able to settle the dispute.

Not the only action. The “Berliner Kurier” also wrote in 2005 after a match against Mainz 05: “On the sidelines of the match, the main singer of the fan curve, Kay Bernstein, was temporarily arrested. He was accused of insulting the fan block cops.

Amber popular with fans

Bernstein also appeared in public as an organizer when cleaning up the Waldbühne, as compensation for rioting and an onslaught of East Curve supporters around a match against Nuremberg in 2010 (Hertha was subsequently condemned by the DFB to a reduced number of spectators).

After the 2-0 win over Stuttgart, the East Curve waited in vain for the team after the final whistle (Photo: picture alliance / nordphoto GmbH)
Loyal Hertha fans in the East Stand (Photo: picture alliance / nordphoto GmbH)

Bernstein, now founder and managing director of Berlin-based event agency “Team Bernstein”, is popular on the fan scene as he has organized numerous charity campaigns for Benny Bienert, a Hertha fan with leukemia.

the electoral program is awaited

Rumors are circulating in the fan scene that a group around Bernstein intends to publish a detailed election program soon. Former “Berliner Kurier” sports director and former Union Berlin adviser Andreas Lorenz is to give advice.

In order for Bernstein to stand as a presidential candidate, Gegenbauer would first have to be voted out by a three-quarters majority of the members present. In subsequent re-elections, a member of Hertha should nominate Bernstein and the supervisory board should leave him as a candidate.

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The struggle for power at the capital club began. Hertha (around 40,000 members) could thus become the first Bundesliga club to be led by an ultra from the fan scene.

Bernstein could not be reached for a statement at BZ’s request.

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