Federation insists on a unified line when viewers return

Berlin (dpa) – The federal government continues to rely on a nationwide uniform line for the issue of fans returning to the football stadiums.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert referred to a decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in late August with state ministers. It has been agreed to set up a working group on this subject, which should present proposals at the end of October. “The mandate of the Prime Minister and Chancellor for the working group continues to apply,” said Seibert.

A spokesperson for the federal health ministry said decisions about the admission of major events would be made on the spot. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) made it clear that he wanted a nationwide solution. A spokesperson for the federal Department of the Interior, which is responsible for sports, also said a nationwide approach would be desirable and there was hope that an accompanying concept would now come up soon. The spokesperson did not provide details on the schedule.

In some cases there are already local permits for events with fans. For example, RB Leipzig received the city’s approval to allow up to 8,500 spectators to enter the stadium next Sunday for the Bundesliga opener against FSV Mainz 05. The Bremen Senate allowed Werder Bremen to play their first home game of the season against Hertha BSC for 8,500 spectators. Eintracht Frankfurt (6,500 visitors) and 1. FC Union Berlin (5,000) also received the green light for partial approval.

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