Borussia Dortmund defeated Freiburg in another Bundesliga match that was postponed due to protests against an investment proposal from the German Football Association

After 36 minutes, tennis balls and chocolate gold coins were thrown onto the field by fans in the Dortmund section, causing a 10-minute delay.

Home captain Emre Can spoke to the supporters before the game resumed.

Dortmund secured the victory thanks to two goals from Donyell Malen and one from Niclas Fullkrug on his 31st birthday.

After Fullkrug’s goal, English winger Jadon Sancho came on as a substitute in the 88th minute and had a shot saved by Noah Atubolu, with the rebound going wide.

Sancho, seeking his first goal for Dortmund since returning to the club on loan from Manchester United, also had another chance but couldn’t direct his volley on target.

Edin Terzic’s side has been unbeaten in eight competitive matches since a 3-2 home loss to RB Leipzig on December 9.

Further protests in the Bundesliga
In December, a majority vote by German clubs approved a proposal to sell some Bundesliga TV rights in exchange for investment capital.

Supporters threw tennis balls onto the field during Bochum’s 3-0 victory over Union Berlin in December, and there was a 12-minute delay during Heidenheim’s 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg last month as part of league-wide protests.

On January 20, Dortmund’s 4-0 victory in Cologne was delayed for eight minutes as tennis balls and gold coins were thrown onto the field by fans from both teams.

On Friday, there was also a protest during Hannover’s 4-3 victory over Hamburg in Bundesliga 2.

Hamburg fans chained six padlocks to the goal and netting at halftime, three locks to either post at one end, with the padlocks needing to be cut off before play could resume.

In the Dortmund-Freiburg match, several tennis balls and chocolate gold coins were thrown onto the field behind the goal the hosts were defending in the first half.

Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was seen kicking and juggling one of the tennis balls while the objects were being removed.

Banners were also held up by fans, with one sign saying “No to investors in the DFL (German Football League).”

More tennis balls were thrown onto the field after 60 minutes, but that did not result in a lengthy delay.

Sancho maintains his winning record
Sancho, 23, has now been on the winning side in all four of his Dortmund appearances, although the hosts were 3-0 up before his late introduction.

He missed the goalless draw at Heidenheim on February 2 due to an adductor injury but played the last few minutes of this match.

In September, Sancho claimed on social media that he had been made a “scapegoat” after United boss Erik ten Hag said he left the winger out of a matchday squad because of his training levels.

The forward then trained away from the Red Devils’ first team before rejoining Dortmund, having moved from the German side to United in a £73 million transfer in July 2021.z z z z z z z z z

Malen put Dortmund ahead when he fired a shot high into the net. Following the protest delay, the Dutchman netted his second with a low angled strike in the seventh of 12 added-on minutes at the end of the first half.

Fullkrug grabbed a third goal in the 87th minute with a powerful header following a cross from Ian Maatsen, on loan from Chelsea.

Dortmund remains fourth in the Bundesliga table but is now 12 points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who will host second-placed Bayern Munich on Saturday, with kick-off at 17:30 GMT.