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Austria vs Scotland and protest against Andreas Ivanschitz

footballThe Scottish football team was the winner against the Austrian on Wednesday evening by a 1:0 victory in Vienna.

But if you take a look in Austrian newspapers of the last two days, the match itself turned to a minor matter. Austria played in the Viennese Gerhard Hanappi Stadium. The home ground of the football club “SK Rapid Vienna”. Rapid is the former club of Austrians team captain Andreas Ivanschitz.

Ivanschitz committed breach of contract by leaving Rapid on the 9th January 2006 to the rival Red Bull Salzburg. An act which the Rapid supporters of the west stand never forgave. This was seen and heard on Wednesday evening. Every ball contact of Ivanschitz was booed, insulting chants over the whole 90 minutes where sang, Anti-Ivanschitz banners shown, and when Ivanschitz wanted to kick a corner infront of the west stand, he was pelted and whelmed with beer.

The Austrian public is upset about the protests. Austrian team coach Josef Hickersberger said he is ashamed he was Rapid coach between 2002 and 2005.

The same procedure could happen tomorrow again. Austria plays Paraguay in the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, and Ivanschitz is going to play. Rapid supporters announced protests again, but this time police should prevent their displeasure manifestations.

Austria – Scotland 0:1 (0:0)
Hanappi-Stadion, 13.200 attendance, Referee Zsolt Szabo (HUN)
0:1 O’Connor (59.)
Austria: Payer – Standfest, M. Hiden (89./Prödl), Patocka, Fuchs (74./Katzer) – Ivanschitz, J. Säumel, Aufhauser (75./Sariyar), Leitgeb – Linz, Haas (60./Kuljic)
Scotland: McGregor (46./Gordon) – Alexander (71./Hutton), Caldwell, Weir (46./Dailly), Naysmith – Maloney (67./Adam), Ferguson, Fletcher, McCulloch (46./Hartley) – Boyd, O’Connor (87./McManus)

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