Berlin (dpa) – Another interruption due to a lockdown would hit professional football hard from Eintracht Frankfurt’s sports director Fredi Bobic’s point of view.
“It is mainly about the economic compensation in relation to the TV contract and also about the window calendar, which is already full,” said Bobic in a joint interview with Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl in the “Welt am Sonntag”.
Looking at the economic situation caused by the corona pandemic, Bobic said everyone understood what it was about. “We must free ourselves from public pressure and we must not let ourselves be drifted in terms of sports success, as some clubs have done,” said the 49-year-old.
Eberl advocated “that we should all unite and accept the ghost games that allow gaming to be competitive in the X moment”. There will be no alienation. “But maybe some topics change at the clubs, maybe one or the other is no longer determined only by success, but also by topics like sustainability or climate protection,” said the 47-year-old. “We hope we can keep playing, and so far we have not received any signals from politics that it is different,” he said Saturday night at ZDF’s “Current Sports Studio”.
Eberl explained to the German football league that they ensure good cooperation. “I think the DFL shows how it can work,” said Gladbach’s manager. He asked the German Football Association to radiate calm. Bobic criticized the association more clearly: “Everything that has nothing to do with the sports sector is unfortunately a fiasco at the moment.” Perhaps the whole issue needs to be addressed structurally. “Ultimately, only the presidents have been exchanged at the DFB in recent years; the same people have survived several crises,” said Bobic.