Formula 1 in Sochi – “Where are those in the regulations?” – Sports

The race was over and Lewis Hamilton rolled his Silver Arrows over to a rather unfamiliar parking position. Behind a sign with the large number “3”. There he was now standing next to the car of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had earned a place on the “1” for the ninth time, and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, in front of which was a “2”. Hamilton climbed out of the car and ran over to interviewer Johnny Herbert, who was about to ask him a few awkward questions. Hamilton put his hand to his ear as if he wanted to close his shell to dampen Herbert acoustically.

But before that he quickly pulled the zipper on his racing suit up to his chin. According to regulations! That was added on Hamilton’s bad day: Shortly before the start, the World Automobile Federation had banned a possible continuation of Hamilton’s anti-racism campaign. It issued a guideline that pilots must wear their overalls “closed to the neck” during the podium ceremony and interviews. After the race in Mugello, Hamilton wore a T-shirt that read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”, reminding him of the black American who was shot by a policeman. Who knows what message Hamilton had prepared in Sochi on Sunday.

But now Johnny Herbert was also standing in front of him. And Herbert, three-time race winner, wanted to know from him why he hadn’t managed to achieve Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 racing victories today, which for a long time it was thought that mankind had colonized Mars before it would equalize anyone. Herbert knew the answer, of course: Hamilton had burned a forbidden dress rehearsal on the asphalt in Sochi with his tires: he rehearsed the start half an hour before the race. Twice in a row. However, right at the end of the pit exit – not where test starts are allowed. For this he received a penalty of two times five seconds. Five per start. Ten seconds that cost him victory and postponed his jubilee day by at least two weeks: Then Formula 1 drives at the Nürburgring.

He just didn’t have the best day, said Hamilton. Herbert stayed with it, followed up. “It doesn’t matter now. I’ll take the points with me,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton learns of his sentence by radio

Hamilton’s annoyance was enormous, understandably. He wasn’t even to blame for the illegal performances. He had previously asked his team whether the test starts would be allowed. He was temporarily threatened with the imminent loss of his driving license: He initially received the ninth and tenth penalty points in the sinner register. With twelve points he would have had to sit out for a race. Formula 1 is tough like the driver’s license office in Flensburg. However, hours after the race, the commissioners withdrew the penalty points – and instead sentenced Mercedes to a fine of 25,000 euros twice.

When the commissioners in Sochi came to their verdict, the race had long been running. Hamilton found out about his sentence on the radio. In disbelief, he asked: “Where are these in the regulations?” Then he commented: “Just to slow me down. But it’s okay!” Well, Article 19.1 of the “Event Notes” states: “Practice starts may only be carried out on the right-hand side of the lane after the traffic lights at the pit exit.” His team boss Toto Wolff took Hamilton under protection. It is not exactly “specified” where exactly the place for the starts is.

Hamilton actually started in an area after the traffic lights at the pit exit. However, very far from and not immediately after the traffic lights. For safety reasons, the rulers are obviously concerned with a spatial equalization between the exercise start area and the course. It was no longer observed. Hamilton later admitted that he had chosen the place far back at the exit very deliberately. “I generally do this in every race. I’ve been doing it for years and have never had any problems.”

These are unusual mistakes that Mercedes have made recently. Apparently the regulations are not firmly in the mind. The other day, at the race in Monza, Hamilton had made a pit stop even though the pit lane was still closed. The team learned at that time that two blinking crosses on the left side of the track should be observed at certain moments. And now in Sochi there were also problems in the qualification: Hamilton almost retired from the time chase, barely made it to the final. But only because his racing team had screwed the softest, fastest and most ephemeral tire compound on his car in Q2 to be on the safe side. The regulations stipulate that the tires from the Q2 must also be put on at the start of the race. Which is why Hamilton, pole position or not, had a disadvantage in Sochi: He had to make good use of the most perishable tires in order not to risk one more stop than Verstappen, who started the race from second on medium tires.


abandonment of Romain Bardet, victim of a concussion

Romain Bardet, the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in the first stage, had to abandon the Tour de France on Friday evening September 11, suffering from a concussion after falling in a downhill during the 13th step.

The Auvergnat runner took exams at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital after the finish of the race at Puy Mary (Cantal). He occupied 11th place in the general classification. “The fall was violent, downhill, and I struggled all day, declared Romain Bardet. The medical examinations confirmed what I had foreseen and I am not able to continue the race ”.

→ MAINTENANCE. Romain Bardet: “You have to go to the end of your abilities, then accept your destiny”

Second in the Tour in 2016 and third in 2017, Romain Bardet was the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in Nice. His retirement is the first of his career in the Tour de France in which he has participated every year since his first participation in 2013.

Date of resumption of competition according to the evolution

Winner of several mountain stages in previous years, he brought back the polka-dot jersey for the best climber last year on the Champs-Élysées. “Romain had a brain scan which did not reveal any lesion”, said Dr Eric Bouvat, doctor of the French team. However, it is necessary that he stops his sports activities. His date of resumption of competition will be defined according to the evolution ”.

→ COURSE. Tour de France 2020: the map of stages

The start of the 13e stage was given in Châtel-Guyon (Puy-de-Dôme), near his place of residence in the vicinity of Clermont-Ferrand. The arrival was judged at Puy Mary which he described on Friday morning as “A great spot”, “One of my favorite places”.

At the start of the race, he met his wife Amandine and his first child Angus, born during confinement, on the side of the road. “The legs are one thing, success is something else, he admitted before this step. It’s OK for now. But there is a part of fatality in this ”.

A fall of 65 km / hour

Romain Bardet fell at the 100th kilometer of the route of the 13e 191.5 km stage, at the same time as the Dutchman Bauke Mollema, soon forced to retire (fracture of the left wrist), and other riders including the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Stunned, his right hip raw, he got back on the bike to take his place in the peloton and finish the stage.

→ THE FACTS. Tour de France 2020: Daniel Martinez wins in the 13th stage

If he was left behind on the ramps of the last two climbs, the Frenchman managed to limit the loss of time in the general classification, falling from fourth to eleventh place, three minutes from the wearer of the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

The fall occurred in a wide downhill curve, at a speed of 65 km / h according to the details he gave on arrival. “At this speed, it’s not a trivial fall”, had reacted in race his sports director Julien Jurdie.

“I was cursed today”

“It couldn’t be worse todaysaid the runner after the finish. I stumbled and hit my head. I struggled to find my senses instantly. I have severe pain in my right leg. I lost all my feelings in my fall, I was cursed today ”.

→ DOSSIER. Tour de France 2020: all the information to follow this 107e editing

Romain Bardet’s 8th Tour de France, his last under the colors of the AG2R La Mondiale team for which he has been racing since his debut, therefore ended prematurely. Next year, the native of Brioude (Haute-Loire) will run for the German team Sunweb.


Athletics – Postponement for Russia – Sport

The world athletics association World Athletics has granted the Russian association Rusaf a five-month delay in an effort to obtain a possible readmission. The ultimate deadline for submitting a detailed and appropriate plan is now March 1, 2021, World Athletics announced on Saturday. The original deadline was September 30th; the Russia task force had proposed the extension of the deadline to the world association.

In November 2015, Rusaf was suspended for the first time because of widespread doping in Russian athletics. Since then, the suspension has been extended more than a dozen times. The draft plan submitted by Rusaf by the end of August was “better than what came before”, the task force found and referred in particular to the “admission of a doping culture in Russian athletics”. Nevertheless, the plan is “seriously flawed and does not meet most of the requirements,” said the statement.

According to the task force, this is not due to the Russian association’s lack of will, but rather to “a lack of know-how and resources”. If the plan is not in place by March 1, 2021, World Athletics warned, the council will “reconsider the issue of excluding Rusaf.”

It was not until mid-August, and after a delay, that Russia paid the US $ 6.31 million penalty imposed for the doping manipulation. This was one of the sanctions imposed by World Athletics. Failure to pay would have threatened Russia’s exclusion from the world association. The World Anti-Doping Agency had banned Russia from the summer and winter games for four years for manipulating doping data. At the same time, she had left the door open to participation for allegedly unpolluted athletes in the country under a neutral flag.


Transfer news: current changes and transfer rumors – sport



Media: Dest cancels Bayern and Barcelona

Courted young man: Sergino Dest.

(Photo: AP)

  • FC Bayern could lose the courtship for Sergino Dest from Ajax Amsterdam.
  • Goalkeeper Loris Karius could return to the Bundesliga, namely to Union Berlin.

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It is the transfer summer after the Corona break. German clubs can sign players from July 15th to October 5th. Who will be the bargain of summer 2020? And how much money are the English clubs throwing on the market this time? The SZ is there – with all rumors and enforcement reports.


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Bielefelds Edmunsson: Faroese meets in the Bundesliga – sport

A man from the Faroe Islands is the new hero of East Westphalia. Joan Simun Edmundsson, 29, has been since Saturday, to be more precise: since his substitution in the 67th minute, the first Faroese in the Bundesliga and since the 78th minute of this game between Arminia Bielefeld and 1. FC Köln also the first Faroese goalscorer in Germany’s highest league. With his goal for a 1-0 (0-0) victory, he gave Bielefeld their first win of the season in their first Bundesliga home game in eleven years. After the 1: 1 at the start of the previous week at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Armines now have four points in their account. The Cologne, however, also lost the second game of the season and are without a point. “It sucks,” said defender Rafael Czichos.

On the Faroe Islands between Scotland and Iceland, the almost 50,000 residents are already familiar with this tabular constellation, because Edmundsson revealed after the game that “everyone is looking at the Faroe League” – because of him, of course. He started his professional career at Newcastle United ten years ago and in the past two seasons was the first Faroese to play in the second German division. This summer, the Faroe Islands have now risen to the Bundesliga with him, so to speak – with him and the city of Bielefeld, where around seven times as many people live as on the many small islands up there in the icy European North Sea.

Bielefeld waited 4145 days, nine years and four months for this Bundesliga home game. Since relegation in 2009, Arminia even played in the third division for three years and faced economic failure several times. With this in mind, Saturday should have been an official holiday in Bielefeld, the shops closed, the streets decorated, the team bus ride to the stadium should have been lined with tens of thousands of people throwing their hats in the air. So much for the imagination.

The reality in Corona times was of course different. There was hardly anything going on on the nearby Siegfriedplatz, a traditional gathering point for many fans, and residents were no longer selling sandwiches or chilled drinks from the front gardens around the arena in the middle of a residential area. 5460 spectators were allowed to watch the historic game in the stadium.

“Eddy has a special sense of humor that you have to understand,” says coach Neuhaus

These 5,460 exclusively Bielefeld sympathizers created an estimated mood for 10,920, because everyone probably had the feeling that they had to replace a missing fan. And they might even have set the mood for 16,380 before the 78th minute, if their well-positioned, amazingly self-confident and proactively trying to get possession of the ball, Arminia had managed to radiate a bit of scoring danger even before the Faroese fanal. But this was not so. Cologne had the only mini chance shortly before the break when Czichos missed a fluttering free kick from Ondrej Duda right in front of the goal. Up to the 78th minute, the game lacked any spectacle.

So it had to be 5:03 pm before the Bielefeld fans sang: “The DSC is back.” Because at that moment Edmundsson had scored the first Bundesliga home goal for DSC Arminia since May 2009. It was actually not a real chance, because the 29-year-old had run into a long ball from his own goalkeeper Ortega, but was drifted so far to the right in the penalty area and so close to the goal line that nobody sensed any real goal danger – including Cologne Goalkeeper Timo Horn apparently not, who was probably surprised by Edmundsson’s direct shot on goal from a tight angle. Horn touched the ball minimally, but it slipped from his leg directly into the goal.

“Sure it was on purpose,” grinned left-footed Edmundsson over his right-hand goal in brittle German. His trainer Uwe Neuhaus later had to laugh at this statement. “Eddy has a special sense of humor that you have to understand.”

“Happy”, Neuhaus called the victory of his Armines and, as a down-to-earth Ruhrgebiet Westphalian, did not want to boast of the four points. “We know how to classify that.” The mood in the Faroe Islands is likely to have been more exuberant on Saturday evening.


Chelsea get point after 0-3 deficit – sport

A late goal saved Chelsea FC from defeat with the two national soccer players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the English Premier League. At the newly promoted West Bromwich Albion the Blues came on Saturday thanks to an increase in performance and a goal by Tammy Abraham (90th + 3) to a 3: 3 (0: 3). Werner was again without a goal, Havertz was unlucky after his three goals in the League Cup. Antonio Rüdiger was once again not in the Chelsea squad.

Chelsea quickly took control after the early deficit by Callum Robinson (4th minute), but couldn’t take advantage of the best opportunities, including Werner with a crossbar shot (15th). The hosts, on the other hand, were freezing. Robinson again converted a mistake by Thiago Silva to make it 2-0 (25th). Three minutes later, Kyle Bartley raised. Mason Mount (55th) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (70th) after Havertz Pass made the connection in the second half. Abraham dusted off in stoppage time to equalize.

FC Everton got off to a perfect start with coach Carlo Ancelotti. At Crystal Palace, the team of the former Bayern coach won 2: 1 (2: 1) and is provisionally at the top after their third success in the third match.

First the final whistle, then a penalty goal

Meanwhile, Manchester United averted a bad start – and in a remarkable way. In the away game at Brighton and Hove Albion, the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes scored in the tenth minute of stoppage time with a penalty to make the Red Devils 3-2 (1-1) win. The most curious thing about it wasn’t even the immensely long stoppage time – referee Chris Kavanagh had already ended the game in the 90th + 7th minute, but was then sent to the screen by the video assistant. After a brief review, Kavanagh punished a handball by Brighton’s Neal Maupay with a penalty. ManUnited, which started the season with a 1: 3 home defeat, could still look forward to the first three points of the season.

In a sometimes wild game, the later unlucky Maupay (40.) had brought the underdog into the lead – after video evidence and a foul by Fernandes. After an own goal by Lewis Dunk (43rd), a goal by Marcus Rashford (52nd) was revoked by video evidence. Rashford (55th) met the rules shortly afterwards for the lead, which Solly March (90th) equalized in the actual final minute.

Kroos replaced injured in Real win

Defending champion Real Madrid, with midfield strategist Toni Kroos in the starting line-up, clinched their first win of the season in the Spanish Primera Division. After the goalless draw at Real Sociedad San Sebastian at the start, Los Blancos won 3: 2 (1: 2) at Real Betis Sevilla. Rio world champion Kroos had to be replaced shortly before the break due to muscular problems, captain Sergio Ramos scored the winning goal with a penalty in the 82nd minute.

The record champions from Madrid had taken the lead in the 14th minute through Fede Valverde. With a double strike by Aissa Mandi (35th) and William Carvalho (37th), Betis turned the game before Emerson was unlucky. The defender underwent an own goal (48th), then saw the red card (67th) because of an emergency brake on ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic.


Bundesliga current: Schalke’s next defeat – sport

Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen 1: 3 (0: 2), Goals: 0: 1 Füllkrug (22nd), 0: 2 (37th) Füllkrug, 0: 3 Füllkrug (60th, penalty kick), Uth (90th + 3)

The Schalke team lost 8-0 at the start of the season in Munich, and now the Gelsenkirchen crisis continued. There were no eight against Bremen, but at least three goals for David Wagner’s team. First, Niclas Füllkrug got free to the ball after a corner and was able to push it over the line. Then he had a lot of space even with a header. Schalke came out of the break stronger and had chances through Vedad Ibisevic and Nassim Boujellab. But then Füllkrug was fouled in the penalty area and made everything clear himself with a penalty. Mark Uth’s goal in stoppage time only improved the result a little.

Meanwhile, Schalke’s defender Ozan Kabak caused discussions. After a foul on Ludwig Augustinsson, he spat near his opponent, who was lying on the ground. Augustinsson later said on “Sky” that he had not seen this during the game, but that it was not fair play. Later, Kabak saw yellow for the foul before the penalty on Füllkrug, later again – and had to leave the field after 84 minutes.

Felix Uduokhai hits after a free-kick cross from the side.


FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund 2: 0 (1: 0), Tore: 1: 0 Uduokhai (40.), 2: 0 Caligiuri (54.)

New season, old problems: BVB has again left points away from an uncomfortably defending team. A game played hard and consistently by Augsburg was enough to throw the young Dortmund team off course. “We are very disappointed. It is difficult to accept this defeat,” said coach Lucien Favre after the game.

Felix Uduokhai headed the 1-0 in the 40th minute after a standard situation. The BVB defense did not look good – Erling Haaland picked up the offside, Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji did not get into the duels. In the 54th minute, ex-Schalke Daniel Caligiuri increased to 2-0. Florian Niederlechner initiated a counterattack, Caligiuri prevailed in the sprint duel against Thomas Meunier.

Lucien Favre relied on his talent shed again. The two 17-year-olds Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham were in the starting eleven, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus sat on the bench. Augsburg tried to unnerve the inexperienced BVB midfield from the start. Heiko Herrlich’s team limited itself to defending, in fact never had the ball and wanted to disrupt the Dortmund team by all means. Referee Martin Petersen distributed five yellow cards in the first half, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw wiped Erling Haaland’s face with his hand, the Norwegian pushed back, both were warned.

The Augsburg tactics worked out perfectly – a bit of tough duels and consistency in counterattacks and standard situations were enough to present Dortmund with insoluble problems in the second half. Last year BVB gambled away the chance of the championship in such games (at Union, in Hoffenheim, in Freiburg).

“I already have the feeling that we played a decent game,” was the somewhat surprising analysis by Hummels later on Sky, “but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.” Manuel Akanji, on the other hand, said: “We have to do better. It wasn’t enough offensive or defensive.”

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – RB Leipzig 1: 1 (1: 1), Tore: 0: 1 Forsberg (14.), 1: 1 Demirbay (20.)

On paper the strongest game of the day – and in reality an entertaining game with two dream goals in the first half. After a long blow from goalkeeper Gulacsi, Yussuf Poulsen first claimed the ball against several opponents, Emil Forsberg completed a technically strong 1-0 (14th minute) in the corner after a body deception. The Leverkusen equalizer was just as impressive – Kerem Demirbay bent the ball’s trajectory so much that it flew over Gulacsi to the lower edge of the crossbar and from there into the goal (20th).

In the second half, both teams continued to duel at a high level. A goal by Patrick Schick (recently Leipzig, now Leverkusen) was rejected for offside. It stayed with the well-deserved draw.

Mainz 05 – VfB Stuttgart 1: 4 (1: 1), Tore: 1: 0 Quaison (13th), 1: 1 Silas (45th), 1: 2 Didavi (61st), 1: 3 Klimowicz (80th), 1: 4 Kalajdzic (86th)

The week for Mainz 05 wasn’t going well anyway, on Saturday it went on bitterly. On Wednesday there was a training boycott for the players, which followed Adam Szalai’s suspension. And now: Mainz lost in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart, the second defeat in the second Bundesliga game of the season.

The 05er had to be happy at first: Jean-Philippe Mateta headed a cross into the middle, where Robin Quaison nodded off. But VfB, who had more shots on goal than Mainz in the first half, responded shortly before the break. Gonzalo Castro found Silas Wamangituka after a long run through the Mainz half, and he pushed the ball straight into the goal and against the direction of Robin Zentner. Later, Sasa Kalajdzic crossed Daniel Didavi – VfB leadership followed. It didn’t help the Mainz team that Moussa Niakhaté saw yellow-red in the 77th minute after pulling Mateo Klimowicz’s jersey. Substitute Klimowicz appeared minutes later in front of goalkeeper Zentner, briefly deceived and scored to 3-1. Finally, Kalajdzic increased. The fact that Pascal Stenzel saw yellow-red in stoppage time did not change anything in Stuttgart’s first three points of the season.

DSC Arminia Bielefeld v 1. FC Koeln - Bundesliga

Promoted Bielefeld’s first Bundesliga success this season: Joan Simun Edmundsson.

(Foto: Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Arminia Bielefeld – 1. FC Cologne 1: 0 (0: 0), Tore: 1:0 Edmundsson (78.)

The story of the game belonged to Joan Edmundsson. He came on the field in the 67th minute and became the first Faroese to play in the Bundesliga. That alone would have been worth mentioning, but Edmundsson, 29, then made sure that he also became the Faroe Islands’ first goalscorer in the Bundesliga: he scored the decisive 1-0. Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega had served him with a long ball, Edmundsson could still take it with the tip of his toe and suddenly only had Cologne’s Timo Horn in front of him – from a tight angle. He grabbed an unusual shot on the near post, which also took Horn by surprise.

“Almost everyone in the Faroe Islands watches the Bundesliga,” said the match winner Sky, “I would like to celebrate today, but there is training again on Sunday.” Bielefeld now has four points, Cologne zero.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – Union Berlin 1: 1 (0: 0), Goals: 1-0 Thuram (56th), 1: 1 Schlotterbeck (79th)

Borussia lost to Dortmund last week, and that can happen (despite the Dortmund result in Augsburg). As a Champions League participant, a home game against Union Berlin is more of a mandatory win date. Borussia did not succeed in that, after two games Marco Rose’s team only got one point. Marcus Thuram headed Gladbach after a corner from Jonas Hofmann. Thuram played differently from the 0: 3 against Dortmund from the beginning, just like Alassane Pléa – even if both are not yet at 100 percent, like coach Marco Rose before the game Sky said (Breel Embolo and Denis Zakaria were still out). But Union also took advantage of a corner: Kevin Schlotterbeck placed a header in the corner where Lars Stindl was standing, but could no longer reach.

The audience numbers

Furthermore, the Bundesliga games take place in front of very different backgrounds. In Augsburg and Leverkusen 6,000 fans watched, in Gladbach even 10,100, in Mainz 3400 and in Bielefeld 5460. On Friday 4,000 fans were allowed in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, the game Schalke against Bremen must take place without fans. The corona case numbers have risen too quickly in Gelsenkirchen in the past few days.


Look at the pioneers – sport

It’s a tricky situation for German ice hockey clubs. They’ve all been training for a long time and now they want to play, but under these circumstances they can’t do that. The German Ice Hockey League (DEL) made it very clear last week that it would not be able to start the season without financial support.

60 million euros should be missing if the stadiums are only allowed to be filled with 20 percent of the usual stadium capacity in the coming season, as is currently the case with football and other sports. The occupancy rate is also dependent on the infection rate at the respective locations. In the worst case, nobody is allowed to watch – in this sport, which is so dependent on viewer income and which earns significantly less TV money than football, for example, threatening news. “We have to talk to politicians about what help will come,” said DEL managing director Gernot Tripcke: “The announced things have to be tied down at some point.”

Otherwise? The start of the season will have to be postponed a second time. Actually it should have started a week ago on September 18th. The DEL is giving itself until October 2nd to develop new funds. By the way, by “help”, Tripcke primarily means the funds from the federal government’s economic stimulus package, which theoretically promises each of the 14 clubs € 800,000. According to the club, it’s basically only a fraction of what they lose with the reduced number of spectators.

With smaller clubs like the Straubing Tigers, just a little more than 1000 spectators should enter the ice rink – with 2500 season tickets already sold, a lottery would have to be drawn. The clubs would therefore prefer an increase in spectator capacity, but this is difficult to convey with the currently increasing number of infections in Germany, even if the DEL declares that it has already developed appropriate hygiene concepts.

Leon Draisaitl, who was named the best player in the main round in the North American NHL on Tuesday night, appeals to the politicians: “I think German ice hockey simply needs enormous help. They deserve it,” he said. Born in Cologne, he enjoyed his training in youth teams in Cologne and Mannheim.

The Swiss league could serve as a role model – as good or bad

It looks completely different in the “Ice Hockey League”. The league with teams from Austria, Italy, Hungary and Slovakia started on Friday. Many spectators were not allowed there either: around 1000 fans each saw the first four games, but the many necessary crossings could slow down the competition in the next few months.

With their national league, the Swiss want to show how it can be done with a larger stadium. Although not everyone in the country is quite comfortable with it. The season starts there on October 1st, when two thirds of the seats can be occupied. There will be around 25,000 spectators in the stadiums per matchday, with different hygiene concepts: fever is measured at SC Bern, but not in Zurich. It is compulsory to wear a mask, spectators are only allowed to remove the mask while eating. If they do it in other situations, there is a two-year stadium ban. The anxious question remains whether the league will become a good or bad example for the rest of the ice hockey leagues in Europe.

Incidentally, the players and coaches do not have to wear masks in the hall, but they are nevertheless sensitized. “We have the motto: Be smart!” Said Davos striker Perttu Lindgren from Zurich Sunday newspaper. “We discussed within the team that we wanted to avoid clubs and bars,” said Lausanne defender Robin Grossmann. “Out of consideration for the colleagues in general, but also for those who currently have pregnant partners.”

Sufficient distance should also be ensured in the cabin and mask requirements should apply. It’s a fine line, yes, but if it somehow works with ice hockey in Switzerland and Austria, the DEL’s negotiating position for more spectator capacity could perhaps also strengthen.


Mainz 05: Worrying overall situation – sport

The raised fists, angry faces and open mouths in the G-block of the Mainz arena didn’t bode well: players and coaches of FSV Mainz 05 only dared to go to the few fans in their own arena at 5:25 p.m. the weak performance still showed their displeasure. Many of the officially 3,403 home fans seemed to have run out of patience after a 1: 4 (1: 1) against VfB Stuttgart. When a questionable player strike out of solidarity with the professional Adam Szalai, who was deported to the U23, is followed by such a poor performance, all protagonists run out of arguments.

Achim Beierlorzer also felt this when the Mainz coach said at the digital press conference, noticeably disillusioned: “We have to face that we are facing headwinds after such a week and such a game. Everyone at the club knows that.” But it could soon be met by more than a stiff breeze. The home bankruptcy, almost defenselessly accepted in the end, accompanied by angry whistles, puts the native Franconia in a big mess. Sports director Rouven Schröder no longer made a commitment to the coach that he would sit on the bench in the away game at Union Berlin on Friday: “I cannot confirm. We will hold the talks open-ended. We will put everything on the table.” That already sounded suspiciously like an expulsion. To make matters worse, the relationship of trust between coach and team was already strained last season.

“There is always pressure. I know how the league works,” said Beierlorzer, 52, who looked very piqued on Saturday evening that he had the first questions about his future. He doesn’t think of retreating himself. “100 percent”, stressed Beierlorzer, that he is at Mainz 05. There is “a constructive relationship between the team and the coaching staff.” Afterwards, captain Danny Latza demonstratively emphasized solidarity (“We played as a team and stand behind the coach”), but the midfielder did not want to comment on the chaotic week: “We focused on football today, we have everything else to forget.” But why was the bottom line an achievement to be forgotten?

After his players refused a session on Wednesday, training on Thursday and Friday went well, Beierlorzer reported: “They were absolutely ready for Saturday. But the best way to answer is on the pitch.” Hardly anyone there reached their limits. The coach also located the missing percent in the incidents during the week: “Of course it has an impact. It hit everyone a little.”

Coach Achim Beierlorzer after the game.


Schröder, 44, who was there before the kick-off on, made it clear that the events with the unusual training strike will reverberate for a long time Sky-Mikrofon had said: “We were all touched by what happened this week. The overall situation in Mainz is worrying.” The sports board sees itself exposed to criticism from the committees because of its unsuccessful communication policy towards the team. The self-proclaimed carnival association created an atmosphere like on Ash Wednesday with its own efforts. Probably the October international break is nowhere called as in the Rheinhessen.

Mainz even takes the lead

The game even started well for the home side when the first clever attack led to the opening goal: After a clever header from Jean-Philippe Mateta, Robin Quaison nodded off quite effortlessly (13th). But by then the brave climber had already revealed the better play system. “We weren’t pressure-resistant and made a lot of mistakes in the passing game,” criticized Beierlorzer, who had to watch as colleague Pellegrino Matarazzo beat him at his own gun. After losing the ball from Mateta, veteran Gonzalo Castro grabbed the play equipment and operated Silas Wamangituka, who equalized with a precise low shot (45th). Beierlorzer stated contrite: “We slept when we switched over.”

Even if everything wasn’t going well with the guests, a flash of inspiration was enough against a largely unimaginative home team to finally turn the game in the second half: Daniel Didavi scored 2-1 after a nice combination (61st). The fact that Moussa Niakhaté said goodbye to the lawn early (77th) with a yellow and red card at an “inopportune time” (quote Beierlorzer), matched the zero five in the afternoon. Shortly afterwards, the substitute Mateo Klimowicz (80th) and the strong Austrian Sasa Kalajdzic (86th) made everything clear for the Stuttgart, who could easily cope with the late suspension of Pascal Stenzel (90th / yellow-red).

In Mainz, two strands of action have to be worked through in parallel in the autumn crisis: the football lessons from the false start, but also the causes of the players’ revolt. The club’s chairman, Stefan Hofmann, announced in a statement on Friday evening that the club’s management “could not just go back to the agenda”. It is interesting that the club boss made a connection with the disputes about the dismantling of a popular noble reservist and the repayment of the deferred salaries – and thus made a different interpretation of the events than Schröder at the press conference on Thursday. It was not difficult to infer from Hofmann’s statements that the manager, too, had lost a lot of authority after the antics of the past few days.

Doesn’t the strike have anything to do with money?

According to Hofmann, the team had built up a lot of emotionality, “which spontaneously discharged when Ádám Szalai was involved in training”. The suspension of the Hungarian international striker only broke the famous barrel. The players have only been informed in the past few days that the waiver of wages from the previous season cannot be refunded. “A repayment was considered as an option in the original agreement in March, should the economic situation for the club improve. However, the economic situation has tended to deteriorate,” explained the club’s president.

Why this fact was not convincingly explained to the professionals and, moreover, only explained so late, the sports management must be reproached. “Communication is a very big topic, otherwise it won’t happen,” admitted Schröder. Improving internal communication channels is at the top of the agenda at the niche location Mainz. It should come as no surprise if the club should also communicate personnel changes very quickly in this context.


Daniel Martinez wins in the 13th stage

The chain of Puys, with the Puy Mary as the climax, smiled on Colombians and Slovenes on Friday September 11: the Slovenian yellow jersey Primoz Roglic and his compatriot Tadej Pogacar dominated their rivals at the end of the 13e act of this Grand Boucle, won by Colombian Daniel Martinez (Education First).

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In the general classification, the Slovenes occupy the first two places – with a 44 second advantage for Roglic over Pogacar – and are ahead of no less than four Colombians, Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Uran, Nairo Quintana and Miguel Angel Lopez. In difficulty in the final ascent (with passages at 15%), Egan Bernal, the defending champion, gave up more than thirty seconds to the Slovenian duo on the steep slopes rising towards the Auvergne volcano. He is now in third place, 59 seconds from the yellow jersey.

For the stage victory, Daniel Martinez (24) beat in the final two German riders of the Bora team, in order Lennard Kämna and Maximilian Schachmann. In one of the emblematic sites of Auvergne, the French for their part had a day without.

More French people in the Top 10

Up front all day, Julian Alaphilippe could not fight to the end for the victory. And in the group of favorites, Romain Bardet (4e overall at the start of the stage), handicapped by a fall, and Guillaume Martin let go in the penultimate climb.

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On the line, the disbursement of Martin, who occupied the 3e up from Châtel-Guyon, amounted to 2 min 46 on Roglic. Bardet lost barely less (2 min 30) at Pas de Peyrol, the name of the Puy Mary road pass. The two French runners are at the same time relegated to the 11e and 12e places in the general classification, three minutes from Roglic.

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Saturday September 12, the 14e stage will link Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon on a route of 194 kilometers which includes a second category pass before the halfway point. Two small ribs dot the final before the finish judged on the banks of the Rhône.



→ The results of the day: The complete classification of the 13e stage of the Tour de France 2020

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