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Could Omikron even ensure another break in the Bundesliga?

Could Omikron even ensure another break in the Bundesliga?

The rampant omicron wave is causing great uncertainty in German football: are the clubs getting the infections under control? In view of the number of cases, are there still months of almost empty scenes? And could a missing PCR test even endanger the game? The Soccer Column. Annoyed, irritated, frustrated – that’s how you can summarize the new 3G of the Bundesliga. The resumption of the game in front of empty or almost empty ranks is currently leading to great concerns for everyone involved about how things should continue in the third second half of the pandemic. “If there is nobody in such a huge stadium, it’s annoying,” said Freiburg coach Christian Streich in view of the guest performance in front of the maximum permitted 750 spectators in Dortmund’s Signal-Iduna-Park, which has a capacity of 81,360. And Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart said before the home game against FC Bayern, which was just as poorly attended: “I think it’s pointless. The explanations I’ve heard so far sound smart, but they’re all crap! The current infection process has nothing to do with football.” Of course, the responsible state governments see things differently, which is why they decided before Christmas at the prime ministers’ conference with the Federal Chancellor to return ghost games.
Instead, however, small states returned in the new year, which made everything worse: Everyone makes their own rules, albeit at a low level and with often incomprehensible upper limits.

Bundesliga: ghost games or not? Small statehood is back

For example, Saxony-Anhalt allows 7,500 spectators in the third division game between Halle and Türkgücu Munich (50 percent of a maximum of 15,000 visitors are allowed), in Berlin there are a maximum of 3,000, in Saxony after zero now again 1,000, in Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland- Palatinate 500, in Hesse 250 and in Bavaria still zero. For the future DFL supervisory board chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, this patchwork quilt is a sign of pure “symbolic politics”, as he explained in Der Spiegel. “It’s not about filling the stadiums now , that would be a completely wrong signal. But I think ten percent of the stadium capacity is appropriate. Even ten percent, if you like, exclusively boosted,” said the BVB boss, whose club against Freiburg is only allowed to occupy 0.9 percent of his seats: “With the With 8,000 spectators here, the risk of infection would be extremely low, and to be honest, everyone knows that, but football has to be used for symbolic politics Tell me why musical halls are occupied twice a day with 750 people and an occupancy rate of 45 percent and why no spectators are allowed in the large open-air stadiums. You feel a little let down.” © gettyGerade Bavaria is recording a very rapid increase in infections while at the same time having a moderate vaccination rate in comparison to other countries.

Corona policy: Elbphilharmonie almost full, Volksparkstadion almost empty

These contradictions can be seen in Hamburg, for example, where the Senate allows 1000 spectators at amateur games, but initially did not want to allow fans to the home games of the professionals from HSV and St. Pauli. The competent interior authority has now approved 2,000 visitors, which corresponds to just 3.5 percent of the capacity of 57,000 in the Volksparkstadion. And in the musical “The Ice Queen” all seats can be occupied (1850). “At a concert in the Elbphilharmonie, you don’t throw your arms around each other cheering when a goal is scored. Everyone sits quietly in the square and even wears a mask,” explained Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher actually a sore point: Until the audience reduction forced by politics, the clubs, which had been so badly hit economically by Corona, almost always tried to achieve the maximum income from home games, voluntary restrictions or mandatory tests were extremely rare.

Bundesliga and Corona: Little distance and controls

Instead of keeping the fans as far apart as possible due to the risk of infection in the stadiums, whole blocks were blocked and the spectators were crowded together in a small space. In addition, the mask requirement was very often checked loosely or not at all. In addition, dense crowds on public transport and at the entrance were the rule rather than the exception. Quite apart from the fact that the mantra-like statement by those responsible that football in the fresh air is not a pandemic driver has not been scientifically confirmed or disproved to this day. According to a query by the DFL, there were hardly any proven cases of infection on the match days in the clubs until October – but that was before the Omikron variant, which according to the World Health Organization was around five times more contagious. “What Omikron now means for society is of course very fast in football too,” said microbiologist Professor Barbara Gärtner from the University of Saarbrücken, a member of the DFL sports medicine task force, recently to the NDR. Means: As rapidly as the number of cases is currently increasing in general, an infection is also much more likely in the stadiums than with the delta variant.

Corona: Every game without spectators costs BVB four million euros

That’s why Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder wants to stick to his zero-tolerance admission policy in football for the time being. “We have to look at the next two or three weeks. If there is an improvement, we will discuss other models,” said the CSU politician in the Sport1 double pass. “If the danger to the hospitals is not comparable to the Delta variant, we have to take that as a basis and see how we deal with it.” Otherwise, a significant return of viewers, as in the past two years, could still be months away what the clubs would not be able to hold out for much longer, according to Hans-Joachim Watzke: “It will wipe out an entire branch of the economy. Every game without a spectator costs us four million euros. That is economically difficult to cope with. In addition, the connection between the The club and its fans were destroyed quite a bit. Some of the spectators will not come back. This means that we will have even bigger problems in five or ten years.” But there are already several clubs “that are really on the gums go,” as player agent Volker Struth told Sport Bild. Despite this precarious situation, organized football managed to score a classic own goal during the winter break. Infections among numerous players on long-distance flights have further worsened the tarnished image of the millionaires in shorts. Because not everything that is legal is also legitimate in view of the crisis and the possible consequences, as not only kicker noticed. “This innocence endangers. First and foremost other people, as well as the success of one’s own club and economic livelihoods,” commented the journal: “Corona infections of footballers are not a particularly good argument in politics when it comes to giving the green light for spring To get stadiums as full as possible. Ghost games may also hit the professionals. Emotionally. But financially they hit the bratwurst seller, the mini-jobber in the park surveillance or in the security service. It would have been a question of respect for these people too, contacts over the short Christmas vacation to reduce.”

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