“Bad time” for a discussion about the return of fans, says Jörg Schmadtke, Managing Director Sport at VfL Wolfsburg. Photo: Swen Pförtner / dpa. (Source: dpa)

Wolfsburg (dpa) – Wolfsburg director Jörg Schmadtke warns of more restraint in the discussion about the return of spectators to the stadiums.

“If you listen to the RKI reports and look around our neighboring countries, you get the impression that this discussion opens at a very unfavorable moment,” says Schmadtke of the internet portal “Sportbuzzer”.

The Robert Koch Institute had recently expressed concern about the increase in the number of infections in Germany. Apart from this, the German football league presented its first plans for a partial spectator return last week, of which the 36 professional clubs will advise at the next extraordinary general meeting next Tuesday. Until October 31, the proposals included no guest fans, no standing room, no alcohol, and spectator registration to follow any infection chains if needed.

Schmadtke does not want to comment on this beforehand. “I’m not a friend of discussing arguments in public early,” said the 56-year-old, who is on vacation in Ibiza until the weekend. It was a very big challenge ‘to plan a whole season under corona conditions’.

Unlike other clubs, the Lower Saxony has not yet commented on the number of viewers they are planning for the new season due to corona restrictions.

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