Cologne (dpa) – The handball Bundesliga (HBL) does not understand the decision of the politicians not to allow any more spectators in top sport throughout November.

“That actually contradicts what we discussed with the heads of the state chancellery last week,” said HBL director Frank Bohmann of the German news agency. “The tenor was still clear: Sport has done its homework and does not contribute to the infection process.”

On Wednesday, however, the Dpa learned from the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister that the game would not be played without a spectator until November. “We will seek dialogue again. The new infections are not due to sporting events. In my opinion this is a symbolic decision,” Bohmann criticized.

In view of the financially tense situation of many clubs, the HBL boss hopes to be able to play for spectators again by December at the latest. “Looking ahead to December, I hope that politicians will make a decision based on facts.”

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