lBerlin (dpa) – Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has criticized the “patchwork” of the public in professional football.
He would very much have liked “for us to have a common approach for the start in the Bundesliga at the end of October,” Spahn said during a performance with the Chairman of State Health Ministers, Berlin Senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD), in Berlin. This is also true given that the 16 Prime Ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) are less than two weeks old.
But professional football had not waited for an all-German arrangement for the return of spectators. With the admission of no less than 4,500 fans, Bundesliga club 1. FC Union Berlin is sending the next signal for the industry’s growing will to end the ghost matches in a test against 1. FC Nürnberg on Saturday. Bundesliga club RB Leipzig recently got permission to play their first home game against FSV Mainz 05 in mid-September for a maximum of 8,500 spectators. Hertha BSC will then play against Eintracht Frankfurt in front of approximately 4,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Spahn now stressed that a coordinated approach would make sense. “I think a unified approach would be better for overall adoption.” At the same time, however, the situation is as it is. The local authorities decide on their own responsibility. He hopes that everyone – authorities and clubs alike – will realize “that this comes with a high level of responsibility, that the risk of contamination will be minimized. If successful, it could also set an example for other areas.” The preparatory work of the German football league for a return of the public is good, Spahn praised again. He always said, “The deciding factor is on the field, not on the paper.”
When asked whether this also applies to concerts, for example, Spahn replies that a better balance must be found every day between infection protection, health protection, risk aversion and everyday life. “The question of whether a major event has 500 or 1500 spectators is not a question of truth, but a trade-off between risk, daily life and economic and public interests. That is why it is good if concepts are tried out in practice. Local authorities should always make their decisions dependent on the pandemic situation in question.