Professional clubs agree on a common concept for games with fans - page 1

The 36 clubs of the German Football League (DFL) have agreed on a uniform procedure for the possible return of at least some spectators to the stadiums: away fans have to do without, standing room is blocked for the time being and the tickets are personalized. In addition, there is no more beer. These temporary changes to the rules of the game were decided by the General Assembly of the DFL at the request of the Presidium. Personalized online tickets should make it possible to track infection chains during the corona pandemic.

"The priority in Germany is not full stadiums, but the health situation," said DFL managing director Christian Seifert. The clubs are responsible for the precise organization of the follow-up. And with the concept, no fundamental decision has yet been made for the long-term future of professional football in Germany, says Seifert.

The authorities are also responsible for making the final decision as to whether spectators are actually admitted to the soon or soon after the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 season starts on the third weekend in September. The first DFB Cup round is scheduled from September 11th to 14th. Most recently, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had expressed doubts about the increasing numbers of new infections. He considers Bundesliga games with 25,000 spectators "to be very difficult to imagine". There is also discussion about games with significantly fewer fans in the stands.

Fan alliance criticizes DFL plans

The DFL sent a guide to the clubs in mid-July so that they could draw up individual safety and hygiene concepts for their location in consultation with the health authorities. The handling of tickets and the ban on alcohol are now regulated uniformly. This applies like the "temporary execution of games without standing room" until October 31st. The measures to play without guest fans, as well as to follow up infection routes apply until the end of the year.

The fan alliance "Our curve" had criticized the plans of the DFL in advance. "With all the longing that I have as a regular stadium goer, we live in a pandemic. And reason should always put health protection first," said board member Jost Peter on rbb's Inforadio on Tuesday and emphasized: "If the number of cases increases and if it follows that the football game is not to be visited, then I have to accept that. "

If viewers are admitted, clear rules are required if tickets should initially only be available in personalized online form, Peter demanded. For example, the "submitted data should only be used for health protection and not for other purposes", such as monitoring the fans. The clubs must say this obligation openly, said Peter.