Football matches with spectators – DFL boss Seifert: “You have to treat the Bundesliga fairly”

Christian Seifert, CEO of the DFL, speaks at a press conference. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa. (Source: dpa)

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – DFL director Christian Seifert has demanded an objective evaluation of football matches with spectators from politicians.

“You have to treat the Bundesliga fairly and not just in view of a possible signal effect. It is not just about signals, but also about strategy,” he said in an interview with “Sport Bild”.

Given the increasing number of infections in Germany, it was wrong to talk about full stadiums, but the German Football Association has never asked for that, said Seifert. “What is not possible, however, is that companies, including the Bundesliga, are held jointly and severally liable if people do not comply with hygiene rules in their private lives and believe that they have to go to illegal parties,” said Seifert.

Despite the corona pandemic, several Bundesliga football teams are planning the start of the season with specific concepts for spectators. After approval by the city, RB Leipzig is allowed to allow up to 8,500 spectators for the Bundesliga opener on September 20 against FSV Mainz 05. The agreement with the respective health authorities is mandatory for the clubs. In Leipzig, the conditions include a spectator mask requirement and strict distance rules.

Due to the different treatment in the countries, the topic harbors potential controversies. While Baden-W├╝rttemberg allows smaller sporting events with 500 spectators, as many as 5000 people have been allowed to attend outdoor events in Berlin since Tuesday.

There shouldn’t be an even bigger fan return before November. The prime ministers decided this last week together with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

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