Borussia Dortmund have decided to cancel the scheduled farewell ceremony for Mario Gotze ahead of their German Supercup match against Bayern Munich, in order to prevent any supporter protests.
The Germany international angered BVB fans when announcing his decision to leave Dortmund for Bayern in a deal worth €37 million (£31.9m) earlier this year but Dortmund were nonetheless keen to give the 21-year-old an official goodbye and thank him for his contribution to the club's recent successes.
However, they have now opted against their initial plan to bid Gotze farewell on Saturday after talks with the attacking midfielder's agent, Volker Struth, in an effort to placate fans who remain bitter over his switch to the Allianz Arena.
Gotze has been receiving abuse via social media ever since announcing his transfer to Bayern and it has therefore been decided that he will remain in Munich to work on his recovery from injury rather than travel to Dortmund for the match at Signal Iduna Park.
The creative midfielder has been sidelined with a muscular problem ever since the second leg of Dortmund's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid but is expected to resume squad training in the next 10 days.