Former German champions 1860 Munich relegated to 3.Liga

Former German champions 1860 Munich relegated to 3.Liga [GALLERY]


One-time German champions 1860 Munich have been relegated to the 3.Liga amid ugly scenes at Allianz Arena during and after the promotion/relegation play-off.

1860 faced Jahn Regensburg in front of more than 60,000 in Munich, but lost their home leg 2-0 having drawn 1-1 away from home.

The match was held up briefly by spectator trouble, with a reported 10 police personnel injured in scuffles.

The Lions finished the 2.Bundesliga season in 16th position, and after a third bottom four finish in three seasons and narrow escapes, this time they were not so lucky.

As Bayern Munich’s smaller neighbours drop to the third tier of German football, which is populated mostly by Bundesliga clubs’ reserves sides, Jahn move up to the 2.Bundesliga.

1860’s drop means they will move out of Allianz Arena and back to their former and much smaller home of Grunwalder Stadion.

Former Liverpool director Ian Ayre was in a role at 1860 for scarcely two months, and has departed his position.

“Unfortunately, during my short eight-week tenure I have found an organisation in which the shareholders are not aligned in a common interest, nor have a shared vision for the future of the club,” he said.

“Consequently, although an approved budget for next season was established, there remains significant disagreement between various shareholders, at a crucial time making it impossible for me to continue in the role.”