Leverkusen (dpa) – Bayer Leverkusen’s sports director Rudi Völler is campaigning for understanding in the debate about taking the national player away in Corona times.
“In the past you always thought with your own players, hopefully they would come back healthy. Now of course you have to hope that nobody would get infected with the virus,” Völler said in an interview with Sky. “Not everything is confused here. That is a double burden, but it is just the case. There is a secondment period and you can partly understand the associations.”
Leverkusen’s competition rival TSG Hoffenheim was especially hit after the last international matches. Forward Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) and Kasim Adams (Ghana) tested positive after returning from their national teams. Pavel Kaderabek (Czech Republic) also had to be quarantined due to a case in the family environment. TSG director Alexander Rosen then criticized: “If necessary, we have to think more deeply about it, not let the boys go.”
Völler said he “could understand Rosen of course when the best player returns from the international match, is actually not injured, but must be quarantined and cannot play”. That is very annoying. ‘But of course you can’t change it. There is a notice period and you have to understand. ‘