Cologne (dpa) – For sports director Horst Heldt from 1. FC Köln, a possible halt to match operations in the Bundesliga is a constant threat given the rising corona figures.

“It hangs above us like a sword of Damocles that this can happen,” said Heldt. “The DFL has always said that we will stop playing games if there are bottlenecks in testing capabilities. And if there are bottlenecks, it is important that we take responsibility. Right now we are doing everything right and trying our games. keep running. stay upright. “

The two-time national player again criticized the DFB team’s friendly against Turkey in Cologne last week (3: 3). “Friendly matches should be avoided, no one needs them,” said the 50-year-old. start with. We all have to work together, and we didn’t have that feeling during the last international break. “

He did not speak out against the Nations League, Heldt assured: “But of course what upsets me, and you have to include Corona, are three games in an international break, two in the Nations League and a friendly. And that’s the friendly match. what’s wrong. “

The clubs and the DFL are “powerless. The players want to play for their national team, but they are also torn.” Ultimately, according to Heldt, “the DFB is definitely in demand. And FIFA has to stick its head out and make decisions.”

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