The trophy has already arrived in town. At the Peace Bell in Dessau, residents can see the original trophy that the players of RasenBallsport Leipzig raised in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in May. The action was initiated by the defending champion. On August 30 (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) Leipzig will catch up in the city with its first round game in the DFB Cup against Teutonia Ottensen, which was postponed to the end of August due to the Supercup.

But some in the city seem to have little desire to perform. Unknown people damaged the lawn at the Paul Greifzu Stadium, the planned venue, at the weekend. “A substance was applied in the penalty areas and on the center circle that causes the lawn to shrink,” said a police spokeswoman for “BILD”. Officers are investigating property damage.

It is still unclear whether the game can still take place as planned. Both clubs, the city of Dessau and the DFB on a solution. The place is probably not playable at the moment, the areas affected by the attack are brown instead of green.

The fact that the Hamburg state cup winner Ottensen has to play his game in Dessau, a four-hour drive away, is due to the cancellations of the two major Hamburg clubs. FC St. Pauli canceled out of dislike for RB Leipzig, and the “LabCon” trade fair will take place in Hamburger SV’s Volkspark stadium next Tuesday.

The own stadium Hoheluft did not meet the requirements of the DFB. An exchange of home rights with RB Leipzig is also not possible. The move to Dessau was a compromise solution.