Politicians advise fans to return to stadiums

Berlin (dpa) – Is there a nationwide arrangement for fans to return to the stadiums at the start of the Bundesliga season?

According to information from dpa, the heads of the state chancellery of the states will talk about this on Tuesday (4 p.m.). After politicians originally only wanted to come up with a solution at the end of October, it could now be found faster than expected.

Surprisingly, there would be no compromise as football has already created the first facts. And Schleswig-Holstein also ran ahead on Monday evening: from 19 September up to 25 percent of all spectator seats in stadiums and halls may be occupied – provided there are appropriate hygiene concepts.

While record champions Bayern Munich had to open the season to empty rows against FC Schalke 04 on Friday, four Bundesliga clubs were given the green light by the responsible health authorities for home games in front of several thousand spectators.

For the matches Werder Bremen against Hertha BSC and RB Leipzig against FSV Mainz 05, 8,500 visitors were each admitted. Eintracht Frankfurt can be supported by 6,500 fans against newcomer Arminia Bielefeld, 1. FC Union Berlin got the permission for 5000 people in the stadium of the Alte Försterei for the match against FC Augsburg.

DFL boss Christian Seifert recently asked political decision-makers to be more aggressive on the stadium issue. The return of fans could be “a very important and very positive sign. A sign that thousands of people are willing and able to comply with hygiene rules,” stressed the director of the German football league. Of course we shouldn’t be careless, “but we shouldn’t be paralyzed by fear of what might happen.” The 51-year-old could have been open with his call.

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