Joint project with fans and Fan Project Munich
Tue, 22/08/23, 10:00
OBACHT. - FC Bayern launches awareness concept
FC Bayern, together with its fans and the Munich Fan Project, which is run by the non-profit organisation AWO München Stadt, has developed a concept to create a culture of watchfulness at the Allianz Arena and to make attending the home games of its teams even safer. The Bavarian term "Obacht" (watch out) stands for watching out for each other, supporting each other - and ensuring that help is on hand should visitors need it. The concept is also to be implemented in the other venues of the German record champions.
FC Bayern executive vice-chairman Michael Diederich: "We are delighted our 'OBACHT' awareness concept will now take immediate effect at FC Bayern's home games. We are particularly proud that we developed it together with representatives from the Südkurve and the Fan Project. The FC Bayern family is all about togetherness: everyone should feel welcome, comfortable and safe. Transgressive, intrusive and discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated here."
FC Bayern executiv board member Andreas Jung: "With our awareness concept 'OBACHT' we want to support all members, fans and employees of FC Bayern to watch and listen out, to step up, to help and to stand up for each other. Respect and tolerance are important values in sport that we foster and to which we, as FC Bayern, will always commit ourselves, wherever we go."
The aim of the concept of "OBACHT. Our attitude - our approach" is to raise people's awareness so they watch out for and support each other when necessary. Awareness means establishing and maintaining a considerate, responsible and supportive way of dealing with each other.
With immediate effect, an awareness team consisting of two psychologically trained specialists from KIT-München of the ASB, or Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund München/Oberbayern e. V. (Workers' Samaritan Foundation of Munich/Upper Bavaria) will be on standby at all times during the entire opening hours of the Allianz Arena during home matches. Those affected can call for help by scanning QR codes from the company "SAFERSPACES", which are visibly distributed throughout the stadium. Any action will only be taken in consultation with the person concerned. "Our crisis intervention team members are experts in the field of acute psychosocial support and care for people after traumatic events. We are delighted that a top international club like FC Bayern has become aware of their services and expertise," said Klaus Kollenberger, ASB Managing Director.
Based on its history, values and social responsibility, FC Bayern and all its teams, players from a wide range of nations, fans, members, employees, partners and companions, positions itself in favour of a world in which discrimination, racism, hatred, injustice, intolerance and violence have no place. Anyone who is not open to this is in the wrong club. The club resolutely opposes constitutional and xenophobic as well as anti-democratic efforts and any other form of discriminatory or inhuman attitudes, particularly on the basis of nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual identity or disability. This also applies to any form of violence, regardless of whether it is physical or mental in nature. FC Bayern offers children, young people and adults a home regardless of their origin, skin colour, faith, gender, sexual orientation and social status.
The deaf fan club "Red Deaf" has developed signs for the FC Bayern men's and women's players: