After approval from fans – Söder: football matches for spectators “bad signal”

Munich (dpa) – The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, has criticized the admission of larger audiences into football stadiums. “To allow football matches with fans again, while the number of infections is increasing, would be a bad signal,” said the CSU head of the “Passauer Neue Presse”.

Previously, Bundesliga club RB Leipzig had received permission from the local authorities to play their first home match against FSV Mainz 05 in front of a maximum of 8,500 spectators. Other clubs also want to play for a few hundred fans in the DFB Cup and the competition.

For Söder, this entails the risk of distortion of competition. “A club with fans, the others without – it cannot be in the interests of the league or the sport,” said the 53-year-old. He therefore called for “uniform Bundesliga rules” for fans to return to the arenas. The previous season ended with ghost games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 36 members of the German football league will discuss on Thursday from 11 a.m. in a video link the next steps for the new season in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, which starts in mid-September. After politicians postponed a blanket decision on how to deal with major football events last week until the end of October, there is a risk of a patchwork of admission inquiries due to widely differing regional availability.

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