I.In the dispute with the interior senator Ulrich Mäurer (SPD), managing director Frank Baumann from the Bundesliga soccer club Werder Bremen has clearly criticized. “We are irritated by Mr. Mäurer’s regular public appearances with this negative attitude towards professional football,” said Baumann in an interview with the Weser Kurier (Sunday edition).
This was preceded by a statement by Mäurer about a request by the club to be allowed to return to limited training operations in the course of the Corona crisis next Monday. Mäurer rated this application as “not a good idea” and described the “message” of professional football as “not a good one for the Republic”.
Baumann cannot understand these statements. “We were publicly exposed, but the application was not rejected,” he said: “In this press conference, Mäurer reads a short part of our multi-page application without consulting us since the application was made and claims things that are not correct at all. “
The politician’s statements would suggest “that we have not recognized the seriousness of the situation and are putting public health at risk. This is demonstrably wrong, ”Baumann said.
The German Football League (DFL) had last extended the game break due to the corona crisis until at least April 30. For the time being, the clubs should only do without the team training until Sunday. Bremen now wants to wait for a vote among the federal states. However, other associations with special permits are already back on the pitch.