With the increase in the number of people infected with the new Corona virus, the public presence in the stadiums of the German league has decreased, at a time when players who are forced to move around Europe, whether with their clubs or national teams, are vulnerable to infection.
Germany won praise after the decision to complete the last season of the Bundesliga until its end, but without the attendance of the masses, after the events stopped last March due to the pandemic, but the future features appear unclear with the continuing global crisis.
“It should continue, at the very least, the matches will continue without the crowd attending,” Hans-Joachim Vatske, chief executive of Borussia Dortmund, told ZDF, speaking of his vision of what is coming.
“If we are not able to take them back (the masses), the atmosphere will be somewhat silent,” he added.
Despite the high number of people infected with Coronavirus, it is unlikely that the Bundesliga season will be stopped again.
Clubs and politicians will have to deal with various difficulties, which have been forgotten, amid the optimism that prevailed last month.
The public scene during the end of last week showed that many players were infected with the infection during the time they spent with their national teams, on top of those Croatian Andrei Kramaric, who missed his team Hoffenheim recently after suffering from Corona.
During the last round of the Bundesliga, only one out of nine matches was played in the presence of the 20 percent permitted crowd inside the stands, while a second division match was postponed.
“We have to try to keep playing for as long as possible,” said Lucien Favre, Borussia Dortmund coach.
Favre criticized the last round of friendly matches for the national teams as well as the activities of the European Nations League, saying “travel is not good.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to stay away from gatherings and stay home when the opportunity is ripe, but on the contrary, the Bundesliga clubs will cut the ribbon for the opening of their matches in the group stages of the European Champions League and European League this week, on high-stakes trips that include going to countries where they are high. Coronavirus infection rates.
In November, football will be on a date with a new round of international matches, and clubs that include players from outside the European continent will have to allow their players to travel around the world to join their national teams, according to FIFA regulations.
There are clubs in Bundesliga that oppose their players who do not have European nationalities to travel long distances in order to join their national teams, and among them is Alexander Rosen, the director of football in Hoffenheim, who called for a reconsideration of this matter, after the infection infected three of his players, including Kramaric before The match the team lost 1-0 by Dortmund last Saturday.
“This is an exclamation point,” Rossen said. “This is an exclamation point, perhaps, as Bundesliga clubs through the German League League will deal differently during the next round of international matches.”
“There should be intensive thinking about not allowing the children to go,” he said.
Rosen’s remarks were applauded by Marcus Croich, director of football in Leipzig, as he said, “When you see the high numbers (Corona injuries), you should think whether it makes sense to abandon the players during the next round of matches.”
However, there may be contradictions in these statements, as Leipzig and Hoffenheim are preparing to travel as usual for European matches.
The European Football Association (UEFA) was forced to postpone Euro 2020 for next summer due to the pandemic, while allowing the completion of European club competitions, but stressed the lack of luxury to amend the pre-set agenda for the current season’s competitions.
The clubs must accept the possibility of losing the efforts of their most prominent players and that it is inevitable. The question arises: Would Hoffenheim have played with an open defensive bloc if Kramarich were on the field?
The absence of fans from the stands will soon affect the clubs’ financial considerations. According to Fatske, “We have enormous structural costs. We have to bring in money. It’s a setback to playing in the absence of fans.”
Looking at the domestic league and European matches, Vatske admitted, “The Schalke match will cost us a million, as will the match Zenit St Petersburg.”
The return of the masses, albeit gradually, to the stands seems unrealistic this year, after the rate reached 35 new infections per day per 100,000 people over a period of seven days, which is a point of no return.
“We presented an idea and presented to the authorities the rate of 35 (new infections per 100,000 people per day over a period of seven days) as a maximum,” Fatske said. “The secretariat requires adherence to the offer we presented and not trying to renegotiate it now.”
But Faskh cannot bear hostility to the authorities in order to win the friendship of the football fans, which was evident in his saying, “It is possible to think about allowing a small number of fans to attend or not attendance at all during football matches, we do not have to arrange things in the matter of The importance, but the potential for danger. ”
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