Club owner working on COVID-19 cure

Bundesliga News

One of the most controversial figures in world football could play a pivotal role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bundesliga was marred by controversy this month when Hoffenheim's recent home fixture against Bayern Munich was called to a halt on two occasions.

This, due to stadium staff having to take down insulting banners unveiled for the club owner Dietmar Hopp, one which read: 'son of a bit**'.

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Hopp has divided opinion since leading the small-town club to the German top-flight with his vast resources since taking over the club with 96% ownership whilst still in the lower leagues.

With German fans holding faith in the "50-1" rule which allows supporters to retain a stake in their clubs are ruining modern football, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig have been branded as 'plastic clubs'.

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However, Hopp could become an important figure across the globe with the rampant outbreak of coronavirus that's death-toll that reached 6500 people on Monday.

According to Der Spiegel, German company CureVAC, owned by Hopp, are currently working on a vaccine against the virus and are close to clinical trials.

It's also been claimed United States President Donald Trump has offered a vast sum of money to attain the cure in order to have exclusivity for citizens of his nation.

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"If we want to develop an effective vaccine, this person must not only reach out and protect people but also have solidarity with them," Hopp explained over the Trump rumours.

Finance minister Peter Altmaier added about CureVAC's intentions: "It was a great decision on part of the company's management.

"With their decision to offer a possible vaccine to everyone, they sent a clear statement to everyone about their feelings towards the crisis, Germany is not for sale."

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