Martin Hinteregger ended his career surprisingly. That is understandable and correct. The Eintracht professional had maneuvered himself into a dead end.

    This was not to be expected: Martin Hinteregger ended his football career immediately. Sooner and certainly under different circumstances than the defender himself had hoped.

    But it was his only solution.

    The missteps of the past few days and weeks weighed too heavily. Above all, the research of the freelance journalist Michael Bonvalot into the “Hinti-Cup” organized by Hinteregger himself made the camel’s last straw overflowing. The defender, who is admired by Eintracht fans, had agreed to work with the Austrian FPÖ politician Heinrich Sickl, who is said to have right-wing extremist connections. An absurdity. Especially from a Frankfurt perspective.

    Drastic step

    Eintracht stands for tolerance and opposes racism and right-wing ideas. The whole thing is lived above all by club president Peter Fischer, who should not have liked the latest developments at all. Especially not that Hinteregger showed little understanding and only rowed back half-heartedly.

    Further cooperation with Eintracht seemed inconceivable. It is surprising that Hinteregger has now decided to take the drastic step of ending his career. But understandable – and correct.