Top German clubs play out bizarre conclusion to game over fans' offensive banner

    Bayern and Hoffenheim players play out the final few minutes, passing the ball between each other.

    (CNN)You would think after a 6-0 away win, Bayern Munich and its fans would be in high spirits.

    But the Bavarian's win at Hoffenheim was overshadowed by protests from its fans against the opposing team's owner, leading to an extraordinary end to the game.
    The Bayern fans unfurled a banner criticizing Hoffenheim's chief financial benefactor and majority shareholder Dietmar Hopp midway through the second half.
    Some German football supporters have been upset by the way Hopp has run Hoffenheim, pumping his own money into the club, foregoing the 50+1 club ownership rule German clubs have implemented. The rule is intended to guard against private investors taking over a club. Hopp's flouting of the rule has taken the team from the fifth tier of German football to the Bundesliga in a short space of time.
    Referee Christian Dingert stopped the game as a result of the banner, which led to Bayern's players and manager Hansi Flick running to remonstrate with the supporters and implore them to remove the banner.
    In a short interval in the 77th minute where the players left the pitch, sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić and even former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn tried to stop the fans chanting and remove the banners, while Hopp looked visibly upset.
    The players then returned to carry out the final ten minutes or so in the manner of a training match.
    With no intensity whatsoever, both set of players casually passed the ball around