Ghost games and 2G plans: pressure on professional football is increasing

Frankfurt/Main

In the midst of the aggravated Corona situation in Germany, it could become more and more uncomfortable for unvaccinated football professionals. For example, there are voices in politics that are considering a 2G model (vaccinated and convalescent) for active people as well.

After Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Sder (CSU) and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wst (CDU), the CSU politician Stephan Mayer, who is active in the federal government, has now also spoken out.

“From my point of view, it cannot be conveyed to the audience that the 2-G rule rightly applies to them and in the stands, but that the players can also participate in games without vaccination,” said the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Newspaper”. “That is why I consider compulsory vaccination for football professionals to be justifiable and necessary.”

Dangerous for life not to be vaccinated

Sder had described 2G as “useful” for professional football, even if it was legally difficult to enforce. “Not vaccinating yourself is a life-threatening endeavor,” said Sder. Most recently, the debate about the unvaccinated Bayern professional and national player Joshua Kimmich caused a stir.

Kimmich recently missed two international matches and the Munich team’s 1: 2 at FC Augsburg because he had to go into quarantine twice as a contact person. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told ARD on Friday evening: “I don’t know why professional athletes now need a vaccination and others don’t.”

Even faster and more drastic tightening threatens in the area of ​​the audience. In view of the dramatic corona situation, cultural and sporting events in Bavaria are only allowed to take place on a much smaller scale. Sder spoke of an occupancy of a maximum of 25 percent of viewers. The 26,000 fans who saw Bundesliga football in Augsburg on Friday evening will not repeat themselves anytime soon, at least in Bavaria.

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In view of the situation, Saxony imposed even more drastic measures and wants to ban spectators in professional sport again. The government announced this on Friday evening before a final cabinet meeting and announced that it would restrict large parts of public life from next Monday. The regulations, which also include ghost games, initially apply until December 12th.

Football second division Dynamo Dresden can therefore still play in front of an audience on Sunday against Fortuna Dsseldorf. Then there are ghost games again. Among other things, the first division club RB Leipzig, which will receive Bayer Leverkusen on November 28 and Mnchengladbach on December 11, is affected. In the Champions League, the home game against Manchester City on December 7th is on the program.

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