FFreshly coiffed, styled and gelled football professionals are a thorn in the side of the hairdresser’s guild in times of Corona and closed shops. Association boss Harald Esser was amazed at the look of some of the players, which could only have been created with professional help: “Even as a master hairdresser, I wouldn’t trust myself to do that,” says the 68-year-old.
The consequence of the pictures is an enormous pressure on the industry and its employees. You face severe penalties if you fail to comply with the lockdown rules. Just like the customer.
In the Bundesliga, the TV billions are being redistributed
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Big changes are coming to the Bundesliga. The money from the TV contracts should be distributed more fairly in the short term. DFL boss Seifert only sees the financial storm coming: “Last season was a mild breeze.”
Dhe TV billions will in future be distributed more evenly among the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and 2nd division. With the new regulation of the distribution key for the around five billion euros in marketing income, the German Football League wants to cushion the effects of the corona pandemic in the next two seasons, said league managing director Christian Seifert on Monday in Frankfurt am Main.
In the two years thereafter, the performance concept, the promotion of young talent and the interest in the respective clubs should be weighted more heavily.
The basis for the distribution from the marketing of national media rights in the 2021/22 to 2024/25 seasons is a new four-pillar model. The category “equal distribution” accounts for 53 percent of the income in the first two years, after that it is still 50 percent.
The performance of the past five seasons is weighted initially at 42 percent, then at 43 percent. According to the DFL, the remainder is made up of the pillars “young talent” and “interest”. The international proceeds will also be distributed according to a new key that aims to end the recent dispute among clubs.
“The spread is guaranteed to decrease nationally and internationally,” said Seifert, but added: “Reducing a spread between Bavaria and Bielefeld by giving Bayern five million less and Bielefeld five million more does not make the championship more exciting. “
“Clubs have done too little at the front of player salaries”
The Bundesliga would face further severe cuts, said Seifert. Including last season, the clubs will lose around two billion in sales by the 2021/22 season: “Last season was at best a mild breeze, but now the storm is coming.”
He warned the clubs to further reduce player salaries in the Corona crisis. “One or the other club will have to continue working on its cost base. I’ve now seen the balance sheet, “said Seifert:” Some clubs have done too little in terms of player salaries. “
In order to have a better perspective, the DFL is examining the entry of international financial investors. There should be talks from February. “If the clubs should decide to do so, it will not be because you need short-term money now, but because you want to be better positioned for the time after the Covid pandemic,” said Seifert.
The investor question is about the sale of shares in a DFL subsidiary for international marketing. The DFL had already announced that it would prepare information meetings with companies from the private equity sector interested in minority interests.
New money rain? Investors are knocking on the Bundesliga
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German professional football is looking for new sources of income in the crisis. Apparently the DFL is planning to get investors on board. There seems to be great interest. It’s about 200 to 300 million euros.
Dhe meeting is scheduled for Monday morning. And as in previous months, if there was something to be discussed, discussed or decided, the 36 invited participants will connect by video – this is how it is with conferences for the most part in Corona times.
The German Football League (DFL), under whose roof the 18 first division and 18 second division clubs operate, has invited the clubs to a meeting. In addition to the recently heavily controversial distribution of TV money, there is also another economically very important point on the agenda: Apparently the DFL is planning to sell subsidiaries to investors. It is said that DFL boss Christian Seifert wants to inform the club representatives. It is explicitly about the sale of shares in the DFL subsidiary Bundesliga International GmbH.
Since there will be less money from the marketing of media rights from the coming season, the Bundesliga needs new sources of income, because from the coming season there will be less money to be distributed from the marketing of media rights. A few weeks ago, the DFL Presidium, which comprises nine members and meets with the 36 club representatives one day before the meeting, is said to have discussed investor offers for a subsidiary of DFL GmbH for the first time.
In any case, the interest of financial investors in getting involved in German professional football seems to be great. As the “Financial Times” reports, more than 20 addresses from the private equity camp have asked the DFL. Private equity are equity investments that are acquired in non-listed companies. The newspaper names around 20 investment companies such as Advent International, Apax, Ardian, Apollo, Bain Capital and BC Partners.
Secret meeting in Frankfurt
In Italy, the Italian Serie A cleared the way for the sale of a ten percent stake in the company for its media rights and will receive 1.7 billion euros in return.
According to the “Financial Times”, shares with a volume of 200 to 300 million euros are to be sold in the event of a possible investor deal, whereby the company would be valued at more than one billion euros. One of the goals of Bundesliga International GmbH is to install an online payment system to distribute Bundesliga games worldwide. Most recently there was talk of an app with which the DFL could directly market the moving images in some markets.
At the meeting of the clubs on Monday, however, the future distribution of the TV money will also be discussed. The DFL Presidium also wants to discuss this on Sunday – and then provide information. Most recently, an open dispute was sparked about it in the league, which culminated in a secret meeting of top officials from 14 Bundesliga clubs and the second division club Hamburger SV. The four Bundesliga clubs FC Augsburg, Arminia Bielefeld, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and VfB Stuttgart were not invited. The quartet had previously positioned itself on the question of the future distribution of the TV money and publicly advocated a new regulation.
The advance caused trouble. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern, spoke of a solidarity pact that “we did not break”. “They threw the gauntlet down to us,” he said to the address of the four first division clubs and their supporters from the second division.
Four clubs booted out – “G15” divides the Bundesliga
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On Wednesday there will be an explosive meeting in Frankfurt. The Bundesliga clubs discuss the future. Four clubs were not even invited, but a second division team. What is behind it and what it is about.
Dhe “Frankfurter Kreis” with its secret meeting causes displeasure and guesswork in professional football. The “G15” summit meeting initiated by Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and the other top clubs Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen will take place on Wednesday (11.00 am) in the “Airport Club” at Frankfurt Airport. As the organizer, Eintracht Frankfurt ensures that it is carried out in accordance with corona. There are still no official announcements.
Above all about the overall situation and future of German professional football and not just about the future distribution of TV money. The financial worries of professional clubs are growing in the pandemic, a return of fans to the stadiums is not in sight.
The German Football League is about to say goodbye to the esteemed managing director Christian Seifert – albeit not until 2022. The DFL Supervisory Board will decide on his successor. Even under the new President Fritz Keller, the German Football Association cannot get out of the negative headlines and continues to fight with contaminated sites amid the corona-related problems. There is also a dispute between Keller and General Secretary Friedrich Curtius.
Who is at this meeting and who is not?
The top officials of the first division around champions FC Bayern and initiator Rummenigge as well as a single second division – Hamburger SV are represented. A quartet is missing, however: FSV Mainz 05 is one of the clubs that have been booted alongside FC Augsburg, Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart.
Bankrupt after professional career
This can definitely be seen as a lesson: The quartet had infected with a position paper on a redistribution of the TV money from the 2021/22 season. This is about 4.4 billion euros from national media revenues, which will be divided among the 36 professional clubs until the end of the 2024/25 season. DFB and DFL with its managing director Seifert and supervisory board chairman Peter Peters are also not represented.
What do the excluded say?
For Jan Lehmann, CFO from Mainz, this is “strange behavior if parts of the league are excluded”. Even Frank Baumann as managing director of the participant Werder Bremen said in the “Kicker”: “In view of the current challenges and in the spirit of solidarity, we would have liked all Bundesliga clubs to be invited.”
How do the participants justify themselves?
Aside from the TV money, Leverkusen’s club boss Fernando Carro sees a whole range of “very important issues for those responsible within the Bundesliga”. He emphasized: “Dialogue is important, as is the greatest possible unity. We want to contribute to this as Bayer 04 and have helped to drive this trend-setting meeting. “
What does the German Football League say?
DFL boss Seifert has not yet issued a statement. Jürgen Machmeier, President of SV Sandhausen and member of the DFL Supervisory Board, explains: “It is legitimate for clubs to meet and exchange views. A supervisory board or all associations do not necessarily have to be there. What is and remains important is solidarity within the entire DFL. “
How does further criticism spark?
So far, all decisions in the pandemic have been made by the Presidium and, above all, the General Assembly of the DFL. The current meeting takes place outside of all committees and structures. In addition, there is no transparency – especially about content. And some see it as an ominous parallel event to the “Future of Professional Football” task force, in whose working groups people from different areas of society are represented.
“We heard about this meeting from the press,” said task force member Helen Breit from the fan interest group “Our curve”: “Here we see the initiators as having an obligation to provide information – overlaps with the task force must be made transparent.”
ADuring the weekend, ARD ran a very profound documentary. Title: “On, on and on – Corona. The Bundesliga. The restart ”. In it, protagonists of German football tell how they experienced the past few months after the virus stopped social life in Germany in March and led to the first interruption of the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.
Above all, Christian Seifert, head of the German Football League (DFL), had his say and described in detail what happened in the spring when it came to the survival of German football.
The 48-minute film once again showed how much Seifert in particular got involved and acted. But a successor must now be found for the head of the DFL, who has proven himself in the crisis.
The managing director of the umbrella organization of the 36 professional clubs will not renew his contract, which ends on June 30, 2022. “The only clear decision for me is that I will open a new professional chapter,” said Seifert in an interview with BILD.
Seifert came from Karstadt
“These are challenging times that require clarity and reliability. That applies to the DFL as a whole and also to my professional ambitions, ”Seifert had previously communicated. Peter Peters, head of the supervisory board, in turn, let it be known that the supervisory board would approach the new appointment professionally without time pressure and set up a comprehensive process for this purpose.
He confirmed that the change at the top would mean a turning point. “Christian Seifert has done an outstanding job in more than 15 years”, says Peters: “and thus made a significant contribution to the success of the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga.”
In 2005 Seifert – married and father of two children – came to the DFL. He was previously CEO of KarstadtQuelle New Media AG and initially managing director rights, licenses, marketing. He soon succeeded Wilfried Straub as Chairman of the Management Board. The fact that Seifert doesn’t have a great footballing past didn’t matter then – and certainly not today.
The billionaire dealer
He tackled immediately and gave German football an immense upswing in the years that followed. The marketing of TV rights rose during his tenure from 400 million euros per season to more than one billion.
“The billionaire dealer” was the headline of “Kicker” in 2012 after a TV contract negotiated at the time and calculated that if Seifert got ten percent of a transfer like a player’s agent, he would have to receive 250 million euros. Seifert has no plans for his professional future yet. “A job at a club would not be the new professional chapter that I am aiming for,” he emphasized to the “image”. And: “I definitely rule out a change to the DFB in whatever role.”
How competent, eloquent, well networked and strong in leadership Seifert is was shown in the Corona crisis. When football came to a standstill and the players, coaches and supervisors were forced to take a break, Seifert became the face of German football. From then on, Seifert presented at regular press conferences what the 36 professional clubs had previously advised in video conferences under his leadership, strategically clever and also with a corresponding humility towards politics and the authorities.
Seifert led DFL through the crisis
Seifert was present on German television almost every week when there was something to report about the situation in professional football. Then he sat in front of the podium, calm and collected. He allowed every question there was. “Thank you for the question,” he usually replied first and then answered. From the beginning Seifert made no secret of the seriousness of the situation. He spoke of the threat of bankruptcy if the game cannot be continued.
“We make a product. But this product, which makes a handful of young soccer players rich, also guarantees work and a livelihood for at least 56,000 other people. ”Seifert was always clear in what he communicated. But as controlled as he often seemed, everything that has happened in the past few months has of course not passed him by. But on the contrary.
In a very personal interview, the DFL boss recently told the “Stern” how the difficult phase changed him himself. “I had a few nights with little sleep. The number of questions that came up was so great that I got up in the middle of the night and had to write everything down. ”When the Bundesliga dared to restart the world-wide acclaimed restart in May, he decided not to visit the stadium and preferred to mow at home the lawn. The pandemic was still not a trigger: “The situation of the last few months due to Corona has nothing to do with the decision.”
Watzke praises Seifert
Seifert, for whom it was “an honor and joy at the same time”, as he said on Monday, “will be able to actively shape the development of one of the largest sports leagues in the world, an important social institution and the establishment of one of the most innovative media companies in Germany” will be almost two years. now still be in office. Then he will leave big footsteps. Not only Hans-Joachim Watzke, the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, is already aware of this.
“German professional football is now asked to find a suitable successor. To replace a man like Christian Seifert, who has worked for football at such a high level for so long, 1: 1, is a difficult undertaking, “said Watzke. When asked about a successor, the promised one: “That is the task of the supervisory board. If you get my opinion or assessment, I am of course available. “
But which candidates are there? A dual leadership would be conceivable, in which the recognized DFL communications director Christian Pfennig plays a larger role. The name Michael Ilgner, previously Head of Sporthilfe, now Head of Human Resources at Deutsche Bank, is circulating.
One thing is clear: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (65), who will leave Bayern on December 31, 2021, is not available. A former club boss would always be accused of partiality anyway.
Bayern and BVB collect so much more than the rest of the league
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The German Football League is distributing 1.2 billion euros from national media rights to the Bundesliga clubs. The spread between the clubs is huge. Uncertainties remain due to the Corona crisis.
EIt was supposed to be a season of records, but then the corona pandemic came. The German Football League had originally planned to distribute 1.637 billion euros from national and international media rights to the clubs in the first and second Bundesliga in the coming season. The DFL must now distance itself from this record and correct the numbers downwards. According to the “kicker”, 1.4 billion will be paid out.
The clubs already suffered losses last season. Because of the corona pandemic, international partners stopped payments and in Germany “Eurosport”, which had held the rights to the Friday games, stopped paying.
Leroy Sané at FC Bayern
The “kicker” reports that revenues from national media rights fall by 183.5 million, from international by 54 million. Due to the uncertainties associated with the corona pandemic, the DFL is holding back 30 million with the indication that “further difficulties cannot be ruled out in the light of the current and probably continuing dynamic development and possible effects of the pandemic in the 2020/21 season are”. The league is providing another 15 million for hygiene, security and stadium concepts that may become necessary.
Bavaria receives more than double from Union
The league pays a total of 1.2 billion from the national media rights to the clubs. Once again, FC Bayern receives the most. Munich will receive 70.64 million for the coming season, followed by BVB in second place with 69.37 million.
Bayer Leverkusen only receives 1.9 million fewer than Dortmund. RB Leipzig is in fourth place (65.96), followed by Borussia Mönchengladbach (64.54). The bottom of the money table is promoted and second division champion Arminia Bielefeld (29.8). Given the national dominance of Bavaria, there are clubs that are calling for a new model. “I think we have always been able to find fair and serious solutions. And I am convinced that we will be able to do this again this year. I am hopeful that we can find solutions that ultimately make everyone happy, ”said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bavaria’s CEO.
Because of the Corona crisis, the money will not be paid to the clubs in four installments, but in twelve.
The 18 Bundesliga clubs now have a clear idea of when the new season will begin. The ball should roll a week after the first DFB Cup round. The winter break is extremely short. Will spectators be allowed back to the stadium soon?
Nun it is official: The season of the soccer Bundesliga 2020/2021 starts on September 18. This is apparent from the general schedule of the German Football Association, which was published on Friday. The weekend for the second Bundesliga and the third league will also kick off for the first matchday.
“All plans made in the DFB general schedule for the 2020/2021 season are subject to the proviso that the official dispositions on site make it possible to play. Adjustments for individual competitions due to worsening pandemic situations or changed disposition situations are still possible, ”said the DFB announcement.
The winter break will be extremely short in the coming season, because already on the 2nd / 3rd January should continue in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga. It is also unusual that the cup final will not be played on a Saturday after the season, but on the holiday of Ascension Day (Thursday, May 13). The cup semi-finals are expected to rise around the weekend around May 1 when the leagues pause again.
DFL clarifies the audience question
DFL managing director Christian Seifert had already mentioned September 18 as the preferred date for the start of the next Bundesliga season, but emphasized that it was one of “different planning options”. Before the final determination, the 36 professional clubs had been asked to comment by the DFL. Also under discussion was September 11 as a possible Bundesliga start date. Models with a shortened winter break or a higher number of two to a maximum of three “English weeks” were also considered.
The European Cup tournaments in August must be taken into account when conceiving the schedule. Therefore, it would be conceivable that the start of the season would go without the German champions FC Bayern, because Munich in Portugal are playing for the title in the Champions League. The new Bundesliga season has been opening in the champions’ stadium since 2002. The final-8 of the premier class will be held in Lisbon from August 12th to 23rd. The other games in the Europa League will take place from 10 to 21 August in North Rhine-Westphalia with the final venue in Cologne.
It remains open whether in the new season spectators will be allowed to return to the stadiums in a timely manner. Until October 31, major events are still prohibited in Germany for which there is no hygiene concept and for which it is not possible to track visitors on the address side.
During the Bundesliga match of 1. FC Union, fans met at the stadium and cheered on their team. The police were on site, but all corona rules were followed. Still, a queasy feeling remains.
Dhe police have no objection, the German Football League (DFL) does not intervene. The delicate cheers of the professionals from Union Berlin with around 30 cheerfully singing fans at the stadium fence have no consequences. And yet the football-nostalgic celebrations in the Alte Försterei have given new impetus to the debate about the strict hygiene rules of the Bundesliga in the Corona period.
The behavior after the 1: 1 of the Iron against FC Schalke 04 also raises questions for the season’s final sprint, should the cheerful pictures from Berlin-Köpenick find imitators in large numbers there or at other venues.
What is allowed in football if regulations and restrictions are relaxed in other areas of society? The Dortmund professionals Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji were fined by the DFL for their hairdressing visits. The Union pros, who sometimes had to sit on the stands with masks and spacing during the game, were able to march to more than two dozen fans shortly afterwards and passed their sweaty jerseys over the fence.
Rudi Völler asks Corona questions
In the previous week, Bayer Leverkusen’s sports director Rudi Völler had raised the question of whether the regulations formulated under other societal conditions are still up to date. “It is now difficult to understand that people can drink their cappuccino in cafés without a mouthguard, while our assistant coaches, the substitutes and we officials have to wear a mask in the stands at a great distance and in the fresh air.”
In the concept of the “Task Force Sports Medicine / Special Game Operation” of the DFL it says under the specifications regarding hygienic aspects: “31. IMPORTANT: In the stadium, the public’s view of professional football, the teams and players in the current situation will be even greater than before. We urgently ask for exemplary behavior with regard to hygiene and insulation measures outside the field. ”The professionals are prohibited from“ contacts with the neighborhood and the public ”in the rules for“ domestic private hygiene ”.
In fact, the Union professionals led by goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz and the fans had come quite close despite the fence as a barrier. In individual cases, it was not possible to measure whether a meter or two meters or even more. The Berlin police, who described the behavior of the Union fans as “peaceful and cooperative”, are already preparing for the campaign to find imitators with poor manners.
“There is an ongoing assessment of the situation”
A spokesman did not rule out the possibility of an increase in the forces during the next home game of the promoted team against SC Paderborn on June 16. “We are considering that. There is an ongoing assessment of the situation, ”said Monday on request. Should there be violations of Corona regulations in the future, it could be “quickly enough forces” ready, it said.
The large fan gatherings feared by many, such as after the Rheinderby between Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FC Köln in March before the lockdown, could possibly still become a reality. Especially when fan parties are about to win the title or stay in the class. Such scenarios had been described by politicians as a real risk for emergency Bundesliga operations. And there are still four complete game days to complete.
The longing for normality is not limited to the fans. Union scorer Robert Andrich was also delighted with the fence party: “That is of course outstanding and really nice at the time.” Union immediately rejected any possible misconduct: “Everyone complied with the distance rules. Everything that was necessary to prevent infections was guaranteed. In this respect, no complaints from either side, ”said media director Christian Arbeit.
The Union fans sang the whole game behind the bleachers on the forest side of the stadium at the Alte Försterei. The special architecture of the arena makes it possible for them to get very close to the stadium without having to go to the area and for their songs to be clearly audible during the game. That would hardly work anywhere else in the Bundesliga. They had cleverly divided themselves into small groups so that they complied with the current “Ordinance on Measures Required to Curb the Spread of the Corona Virus in Berlin”.
EIn the day before the Berlin derby between Hertha BSC and 1. FC Union on Friday at 8.30 p.m., the German Football League and Dazn agreed. By the end of the season, the streaming service will broadcast all games that are not part of the Sky rights package.
This includes Friday and Monday games, as well as games that take place on Sunday at 1.30 p.m. On match day 27, this applies to the match between Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg. Dazn also shows the relegation matches for last place in the Bundesliga at the end of the season.
Dazn had already shown the match between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen on Monday. This had to be renegotiated because the previous rights holder Eurosport / Discovery had apparently canceled his contract with the DFL. Previously, Dazn had obtained its rights from Eurosport / Discovery.
*Display: Every viewer has the opportunity to watch the game live on the Dazn streaming service (EUR 11.99 per month). If you don’t have a subscription yet, you can watch the game for free. Dazn offers all new customers the opportunity to test the offer for one month free of charge. You can cancel your subscription within the first month.
HAfter all, eiko Herrlich acted consistently. He showed himself the red card. After 67 days, the wait for his debut on the Augsburg coaching bench should have finally ended – now it’s going into the next extra time. A hygiene faux pas compels the former international to a self-imposed break during Saturday’s home game against VfL Wolfsburg (3:30 p.m., in the sports ticker of the WORLD).
A thoughtlessness that no one would have expected, especially with him and his background, damages his reputation and his authority as head of the FCA professionals even before the Bundesliga is restarted. Because the 48-year-old needed toothpaste and skin cream, he violated the DFL’s quarantine rules and subsequently offered apology.
“I made a mistake by leaving the hotel. Even if I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this, ”apologized Herrlich, whose FCA debut had been delayed due to the Corona crisis.
“In this situation, I was not able to act as a role model for my team and the public,” said the otherwise reflected Herrlich. “I will therefore be consistent and stand by my mistake.” Herrlich announced that in the run-up to the game against VfL he would not be in charge of training and that he would not look after the team in the game at the Augsburg stadium. Assistant coach Tobias Zellner steps in for him.
An entertaining anecdote with consequences
Augsburg’s managing director Steffen Reuter, like the DFL contacted, was not very pleased with the faux pas, but believes that the more severe consequences are “completely exaggerated. The misconduct was not good, but I have never met anyone who is free of mistakes, ”the 53-year-old said on Friday of the“ Bild ”. Herrlich acted thoughtlessly, “but Heiko has not violated any official regulations. He was in a supermarket with mouth and nose protection and kept his distance, ”emphasized Reuter.
He was in contact with the DFL, said Reuter. The league association with Christian Seifert at the top was “understandably anything but pleased. We informed the DFL in a phone call that Heiko Herrlich regretted this mistake and would of course take the decision to move away from the team, not to lead the training and not to oversee the game until two negative test results were obtained. “
After the video affair about the then suspended Hertha BSC professional Salomon Kalou, risk patient Herrlich of all times fueled doubts about the DFL concept to continue the Bundesliga season. Herrlich had actually wanted to tell an entertaining anecdote at a video press conference on Thursday to illustrate how difficult it was for him to deal with the corona crisis.
“We are in quarantine in the hotel and shouldn’t actually go out there. But there are situations that simply require it, ”said Herrlich, who, according to his own statement, had a damaged immune system due to a brain tumor in 2000. He ran out of toothpaste and no longer had skin cream. “And then I went to a supermarket in my tracksuit.”
According to the DFL concept, on the other hand, “at least the last seven days before the start of the season should be quarantined as a training camp”. In their quarters, players, coaches and coaches are to be isolated and thus protected against infection with the corona virus.
The unsuspecting gorgeous even embellished his episode: How he had initially forgotten his face mask in the hotel and then had no change for a shopping cart. So the FCA coach chatted himself offside. According to the association, further corona tests will now be carried out in the coming days. “After two negative test results, Heiko Herrlich will resume training at FC Augsburg,” it said on Thursday evening.
What wonderful to hear from Söder
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has asked for removal orders in the Bundesliga for violations of the hygiene rules in the Corona crisis. “If the health experts gave you these suggestions, if the league itself developed concepts with great effort and with clever ideas, you have to abide by these rules. And if you don’t stick to it, there is a red card in case of doubt – that’s the way it is in football and also in real life, ”said Söder on Friday at“ Bild Live ”.
Söder warned that the requirements must be met. “The acceptance of the Bundesliga and the game does not have to be with those in Germany who, like me, are football fans, but also with those who are skeptical. That is why any wrongdoing is unfortunately twice as difficult. “It must” be conveyed to every player and coach exactly what it is all about “.
Coach Markus Gisdol from 1. FC Köln took Herrlich under protection: “He knows that he did something that was wrong. But the sentence goes too far for me. ”Sports director Jonas Boldt from Hamburger SV, on the other hand, showed no understanding at all. At first he thought the whole thing was a joke. The FCA trainer is, after all, an adult man with a role model.
Curiously, the press conference had also curiously asked for understanding in the event of certain violations by the players of hygiene rules. The pros should refrain from clapping and hugging, and spitting should also be avoided on the court. “The guidelines are good and correct, but if that happens in emotion, and football is an emotional and passionate game, you shouldn’t judge anyone. Everyone is faced with the situation anew, ”said Herrlich.
“If it happens out of emotion, passion and joy, then you shouldn’t blame the player,” said Herrlich. He even warned against publicly condemning possible violations: “If we start to control and show it in the media and denounce it, we will be at a dead end.”
The former Leverkusen coach was presented on March 10 in Augsburg as the successor to Martin Schmidt. If there is no positive test result or no further errors, Herrlich should look after Schalke for the first time as a coach on the sidelines in a week.
Then at least without a protective mask: The DFL lifted the obligation to wear on Friday. The league association is convinced that, in the course of the taskforce’s complex hygiene concept, it is sufficient if the coaches in the coaching zone maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. Some coaches are said to have previously complained to the DFL that their mouthguard was too restrictive in their way of working during the game.
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