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MUNICH / FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) – Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has put a damper on the hopes of soccer fans for a return to the Bundesliga stadiums soon. “I doubt that we can decide on further easing in August. Therefore, as a football fan, I am also very skeptical about the start of the Bundesliga. Ghost games yes, but I think stadiums with 25,000 spectators are very difficult to imagine,” said Söder of the “Bild am Sonntag “given the increasing number of new corona infections.

The German Football League (DFL) has created guidelines for the partial admission of fans to the stadiums. It wants to enforce a ban on standing room and alcohol by October 31 and will not allow guest fans in the stadiums until the end of the year if a limited number of spectators are admitted again for the new season. This is intended to reduce the risk of infection in the corona pandemic. Corresponding proposals from the DFL Presidium will be put to the vote at the General Assembly on Tuesday.

“That would send the wrong signal and would also be difficult to convey to the general public if you would use up a huge amount of test capacity,” said CSU chief Söder, referring to possibly thousands of fans in the arenas. The new season is scheduled to begin with the first DFB Cup round from September 11th to 14th. A week later, the Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga and 3rd League will then resume play.

“You have to differentiate between desire and realism,” warned BVB sports director Michael Zorc in the debate. “Of course we all want spectators to come back to the stadium. We have noticed in recent home games that we lacked the support of the fans. But it is difficult to say something profound. This is a dynamic development.” Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had recently pointed out the danger of a “second wave”. Nevertheless, he had the hope of being able to play again “at least with a certain number of fans”.

In the past week, the federal government was basically open to limited admission of viewers while respecting corona protection requirements. As far as it must be ensured that no infection chains are triggered when visiting the stadium, there is a good chance that football with spectators is possible, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior in Berlin.

However, Söder is concerned about the very high level of new corona infections. “We can expect Corona to come back to us with full force,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister. “The virus remains an ongoing task that puts us under constant stress.”

Against the background of such statements, the plans of 1. FC Union Berlin seem highly questionable. The capital club had caused a lot of attention because he wanted to play in front of a full house again on matchday 1. The club wants to pay the corona tests for all 22 012 spectators in the An der Alte Försterei stadium and has the concept developed checked by the authorities.

“It would be an option for the vaccination certificate to be an entry requirement at some events – also for the Bundesliga stadiums,” said Albrecht Broemme, longtime head of the technical relief organization, in the “Bild am Sonntag”. For the former expert of the civil and civil protection organization, the scanning of body temperature was another necessary basis for a possible entry. “Of course you only identify people who have a fever, but that’s an appropriate and useful addition to other tests.” / Mom / DP / zb

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