Finally real hope for a Bundesliga sequel!
At the big Bundesliga summit at BILD Live, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (53 / CSU) and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (59 / CDU) spoke out in favor of a Bundesliga comeback from May 9.
Laschet said in an interview with BILD boss Julian Reichelt and BILD head of sports Matthias Brügelmann: “The prerequisite is that there is a well thought-out concept. What the DFL has presented these days shows that protective measures are in place. I could imagine that we can go back to the state of the ghost games. ”
Söder: “It is a tightrope walk. We now have to be careful not to overdo it or be frivolous. Games with audience participation are completely unthinkable. Ghost games are also a tightrope walk. It is conceivable that we might be able to play such a ghost round at the earliest from May 9th. ”It is clear:“ A weekend with football is much more bearable than a weekend without football. ”
Söder also wants the Robert Koch Institute to secure the possible Bundesliga comeback: “I would like the RKI to take another look.”
Relief at the DFL
In BILD Live, DFL chief Christian Seifert was delighted to hear the politicians say: “These are positive signals that have been sent out. This gives both leagues an important perspective. “
At the same time, Seifert warned: “Politics trust us, and we and the players in particular must now be role models. This has a lot to do with hygiene measures and exemplary handling of social contacts. It is important to be disciplined, not only for the employer, but also for the fans. ”
How the season will continue is still unclear. A continuation from May 26th would be conceivable – but also a game plan from day 34 backwards is possible. According to Seifert, these topics should be discussed with the clubs from now on.
Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We will deal with responsibility in an absolutely disciplined and exemplary manner. The DFL has created a first-class concept, which we will implement to make it clear that we did not want and do not want a special role. I am convinced that the fans will not gather in front of the stadiums. We will not only call for this, we will know how to prevent it. “
Hans-Joachim Watzke (60), with Borussia Dortmund the toughest Bayern pursuer before the Corona crisis, said: “This is a great advance in trust and I am very grateful to Armin Laschet and Markus Söder for giving us this advance. Football is a way to give millions of fans a little more zest for life. “
Because of the corona pandemic, the DFL had put the continuation of the season on hold after the 25th match day until further notice. Leader of the standings at the time of the interruption: Bayern Munich (55 points) ahead of Borussia Dortmund (51) and RB Leipzig (50). Fortuna Düsseldorf (22) is currently on the relegation site in front of Werder Bremen (18) and SC Paderborn (16).
That’s what the Minister of Health says
In response to the Bundesliga plan and the statements by Markus Söder and Armin Laschet, Health Minister Jens Spahn also signaled to BILD: “With the overall concept, ghost games are certainly possible again. It is crucial that the risk of infection is minimized. That would be normal again for millions of football fans from May 9th, even if in an empty stadium. “