Berlin (AP) – DFB chairman Fritz Keller can understand the criticism of the national football team’s short flight from Stuttgart to the Nations League match against Switzerland to Basel.
“I take the train for all the travel destinations that I can reach in three or four hours,” said the head of the German Football Association (DFB) in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “That’s why I was annoyed that the national team got on the plane for the route from Stuttgart to Basel.”
This example shows that not everyone at the DFB does things and lives “as I imagine they are as president,” he said. The 63-year-old has been at the top of the DFB for almost a year.
After the international match against Spain, the DFB entourage traveled by charter flight to Basel on 5 September, instead of traveling the 260 kilometers more environmentally friendly by road or rail. There was clear criticism of this.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff had announced consequences for future travel plans after this criticism. However, he also defended the sanitary safety lawsuits due to the corona pandemic and the players’ physical regeneration. For this, the plane was the better choice than the bus or train. The UEFA Hygiene Protocol explicitly advises teams to use charter flights to protect against corona infections.
“Even though doctors now say there was hardly any other option – it was certainly not the most sustainable option,” said DFB chief Keller. “You can put your feet up and relax in a comfortable bus.”