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Bundesliga – season start 2021/22 continues to be dominated by Corona



Before the season starts in the Bundesliga next Friday, Corona and how the incidence figures are dealt with will initiate a discussion.

The danger of ghost games in the Bundesliga is not acute at the moment. Nevertheless, the German elite class, which starts its 59th season on Friday with the duel between Borussia Mönchengladbach and champions Bayern Munich, is threatened by the corona pandemic again.

Above all, restrictions on the admission of viewers are feared. “Unfortunately, I am firmly convinced that the rising incidence value will continue and that it will be over 35 everywhere at the start of the Bundesliga,” Hertha Sport Managing Director Fredi Bobic recently added Sky and restrictions – depending on the regional conditions – feared.

So will only allow fans who have been vaccinated or have recovered? Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln is going its own way, planning the first home game of the new season with 16,500 spectators and will give preference to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

Cologne: negative test soon no longer sufficient

This G2 group is said to have 15,500 fans in the game against Hertha BSC on August 15 (5.30 p.m. / Sky). 1000 followers are also admitted with a negative test, these cards should go to children and young people.

However: A negative corona test from the second league home game against VfL Bochum should no longer be enough to get into the RheinEnergie Stadium. The WDR reported. Full vaccination protection or recovery from a corona infection are then basic requirements.

The concept for the Hertha game has been coordinated with the health department of the city of Cologne and will initially take effect – and within the framework of the currently valid Corona Protection Ordinance – even up to a possible incidence of 100. On Sunday, the value that represents the number of corona Indicates infections in the Cologne area at 47.1.

Controversial point of incidence value

Frankfurt’s sports stand Markus Krösche would like a decoupling from the incidence value. If this is not the case, he drew in the kicker a gloomy picture: “With decisions of this kind it will be impossible to keep professional sport and the event industry alive in the long term.”

DFB interim co-president Peter Peters sees the approach in England, the Netherlands and Denmark as a model. “If everyone comes towards you on the autobahn, who is the problem: the wrong-way driver or the others? Our clubs are dealing with the pandemic much more responsibly than some politicians portray,” said Peters Sports picture said.

DFL is clearly in favor of vaccinations

Meanwhile, the clubs shy away from official information on their vaccination programs for players and staff, but these are likely to be in full swing. The German Football League (DFL) also insisted on the dangers of a missing corona vaccination.

“Those who do not vaccinate themselves and are therefore more susceptible to a virus infection than others are exposing themselves to a certain risk, especially in professional football – a profession in which one can neither keep one’s distance nor wear a mask,” said a circular to the Societies. Most recently there had been corona cases at Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart, TSG Hoffenheim, FC Bayern and FSV Mainz 05.

For the league as a whole, the restrictions on league operations during Corona should be kept as low as possible. After all, the 2021/22 season is the third to be affected by the pandemic. All professional clubs long for normality and full stadiums, but the reality is still different at the moment.

Bundesliga: All games on the 1st matchday

Date / time home Result guest
Mönchengladbach -: – Bayern Munich
3:30 pm
VfL Wolfsburg -: – VfL Bochum
3:30 pm
Union Berlin -: – Bayer Leverkusen
3:30 pm
VfB Stuttgart -: – SpVgg Greuther Fürth
3:30 pm
FC Augsburg -: – 1899 Hoffenheim
3:30 pm
Arminia Bielefeld -: – Sc freiburg
Borussia Dortmund -: – Eintracht Frankfurt
3:30 pm
1. FSV Mainz 05 -: – RB Leipzig
1. FC Cologne -: – Hertha BSC

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