They sent out e-mails to the remaining four competitors due to face Peine. They ask the clubs USI Lupo Martini Wolfsburg, MTV Gifhorn, Eintracht Braunschweig II and MTV Wolfenbüttel to forfeit their matches. They all agree. Thus, the four games are credited as three points and 5:0 goals each.
The Peine team were deeply moved: “Of course, we would have preferred to win the title ourselves and with healthy players. But that was no longer possible,” VfB coach Christoph Hasselbach recalls. The level of sympathy was enormous. For example, the professionals from SV Werder Bremen invited the Peine players to a match in the Weserstadion, while Bayern Munich wrote a letter, wishing them a good recovery. Meanwhile all players are healthy again.
But one problem remained: The team bus was completely destroyed. For Peine, this was an unsolvable situation, as almost all of the twelve VfB junior teams play at regional level. And they have longer journeys ahead of them. That’s why the club decided, only in March just passed, to buy a second team bus. That was a financial feat of strength. The club had spent around 30,000 euros on the second bus – and was now back at square one with just one vehicle again.
At the Volkswagen headquarters in nearby Wolfsburg, the colleagues of course heard about VfB Peine’s terrible accident on the A7. They thought about how they could help the team. Especially since Volkswagen Group has always been involved in social projects: as a global player worldwide, as a responsible DAX Group in its home country of Germany and firmly anchored in the region of Lower Saxony. This gave rise to the idea of sponsoring a team bus for VfB Peine for an initial year.
Said and done: Right on time for the new season, a Volkswagen Transporter T6 stood in front of the Peine stadium gates. The 2019/2020 season has thus been saved. The Peine C-Juniors have to compete in eleven away games between August 2019 and May 2020.