Bundesliga – Merkel proposal: ghost matches by the end of the year

Berlin (dpa) – Corona continues to hit German top sport. Due to the tense pandemic situation in Germany, the Bundesliga is threatened with matches in front of empty stands by the end of the year.

At the suggestion of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), larger sporting events with spectators should be banned until at least December 31, 2020. According to information from the German news agency, this is stated in a proposal for a federal resolution for the round of the chancellor and the prime minister.

In addition to the football clubs from the Bundesliga to the regional league, this ban would also seriously affect the top clubs in handball, basketball and ice hockey and other sports that rely heavily on public income. The Bundesliga season in handball starts on October 1, the basketball players and the runners cracks in the German ice hockey league want to start in November in the 2020/21 season.

A ray of hope for the clubs: according to the proposal, there may be exceptions in regions with a very low number of infections. It must be ensured that the participants come exclusively from this region or from surrounding regions with associated developments, according to the template. For the clubs, this would mean a huge organizational effort that would be difficult to manage.

The German football league presented a revised hygiene concept on Wednesday in collaboration with the German Football Association and sent 2 clubs to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga. The DFL’s 36 clubs will enshrine the guidelines in their bylaws at their extraordinary general meeting on September 3rd.

This also includes personalized tickets for spectators. Whether this could lead to the admission of a greater number of fans into the stadiums in the implementation of the guidelines now proposed by the federal government seems questionable.

It would be foreseeable that there would be no uniform solution in the top leagues. While clubs from regions with a high rate of infections would continue to pose a threat to ghost games, clubs from areas with only a few corona diseases should hope for matches to a larger audience.

Before the political summit in Berlin, the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel G√ľnther, spoke out against such a patchwork quilt. There should be no different rules for public football matches – “about 30 percent in one country and 10 percent in another,” he told the Rheinische Post.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer spoke out in favor of allowing fans into Bundesliga stadiums, at least to a limited extent. “The population does not understand when many people are allowed to drive in a small space in local transport, but a football match with few spectators and long distances should not be possible,” said the CSU politician of the Augsburger Allgemeine.

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