The risk is too great: amateur clubs refrain from DFB Cup home games

Celle (dpa) – At least seven fourth or fifth division amateur clubs renounce their house rights when the first round of the DFB Cup is held.

For economic and organizational reasons, VSG Altglienicke, MTV Eintracht Celle, FV Engers 07, TSV Havelse, Eintracht Norderstedt and FC Oberneuland on 12 and 13 September as well as the Bayern opponent 1. FC Düren on 15 October not only want to go to Playroom, but in the stadium of their respective 1st or 2nd division opponent. The football clubs announced this on Wednesday and Thursday. The decision to exchange their house rights is still pending for a number of other clubs.

The MTV Eintracht Celle from the fifth division Oberliga Niedersachsen qualified for the DFB-Pokal for the first time and had an attractive opponent there in the Bundesliga club FC Augsburg. But although there is a stadium for 8,000 spectators in the city, which has 70,000 inhabitants, where the DFB also regularly played youth international matches, the club decided to travel to Augsburg on September 12.

“The financial risk had been too great for us,” says Stefan Cohrs, department head of the German news agency. “Amateur clubs like us would cost at least $ 30,000 to $ 35,000 to organize a match like this.” At the same time, according to the current legal situation in Lower Saxony, the club must allow a maximum of 500 spectators for the match in the stadium. Substantial revenue will also be lost in this area during the Corona period.

Specifically, a club like Celler should ensure that there is sufficient logistics for a TV broadcast in the stadium, the referees are paid and security personnel are present on a large scale, among other things to ensure compliance with the hygiene concept during the Corona period . . This was shown to the club this week during an on-site meeting with the DFB.

“The demands for amateur clubs have always been enormous. Corona still makes a big difference,” Cohrs said. “The financial risk, the great effort and the nervous tension have led us to make this decision.” In comparison, a trip to and accommodation in Augsburg costs the club only about 6,000 euros. The Bundesliga club will take care of the rest.

Other clubs have made the same decision. VSG Altglienicke speaks of an “enormous organizational effort that could not have been carried out in such a short time”. Now the Berlin regional league will play on September 12 at 1. FC Köln.

FC Oberneuland from Bremen has also swapped house rights with Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It is a matter of common sense,” said Vice President Uwe Piehl of Radio Bremen’s internet portal. “With Borussia Mönchengladbach we have a Champions League participant as our guest, whom we want to offer the greatest possible security.” The Gladbachers are “proven in the implementation of hygiene concepts”.

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