“Thank you Franz – your FC Bayern Munich”.
With these simple but apt words, FC Bayern Munich said goodbye to their greatest player of all time, Franz Beckenbauer (†78).
The football legend died on January 7th and was buried on Friday at Munich’s Perlacher Forst cemetery. It is the place where Beckenbauer’s parents Antonie and Franz also found their final resting place. Only the closest family members attended the funeral service and accompanied the coffin covered with roses.
A beautifully decorated rose wreath from FC Bayern was also placed at the grave. But on Saturday morning the Bayern loop had disappeared. This was noticed not only by the BILD reporter, but also by many fans who made a pilgrimage to the “Emperor’s” grave.
By Saturday morning the red and white ribbon was gone
BILD asked the health department responsible for Munich’s cemeteries whether the authority was aware of the mysterious disappearance of the loop – the succinct answer: “No”. There was also a “no” when asked whether such a suspected theft could be prevented or detected.
Bayern boss Jan-Christian Dreesen (56) is outraged, says to BILD: “It is simply an impudence that unauthorized people have apparently removed the ribbon from our wreath at Franz Beckenbauer’s grave. You don’t do something like that, it’s just disrespectful and shameful.”
Franz Beckenbauer leaves behind his wife Heidi and their children Joel and Francesca
There is only one way to prevent theft from the grave. “The Munich Municipal Cemeteries ask those affected to report the theft to the law enforcement authorities,” said the city spokeswoman.
And these are the legal background: “When the wreath is placed on or in front of the grave, it becomes the property of the person entitled to use the grave. Any crimes against the property must therefore be reported to the law enforcement authorities by the person authorized to use the grave. In principle, the unlawful theft of grave decorations or similar constitutes behavior that does not correspond to the dignity of the cemetery and can therefore be subject to a fine in accordance with Section 43 Paragraph 1 No. 1 of the cemetery statutes. However, criminal law takes precedence (Section 21 Paragraph 1 OWiG).”