Sport Anger about the exclusion of spectators: It has long been about the symbolism

19:10  28 october  2020
19:10  28 october  2020 Source:   90min.de

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The number of corona cases is increasing and accordingly football fans have to stay at home more and more. With appropriate hygiene measures, a visit would be possible without great risk, but symbolically highly problematic.

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Borussia Dortmund will have to face Zenit St. Petersburg without spectators in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. It is another setback for BVB after things had improved at the start of the season: 9,500 spectators were allowed to come to the stadium against Gladbach , and 11,500 against Freiburg. "Like the city and the Dortmund health department, we have a completely different opinion because we are convinced and certain that we have a verifiably functioning health concept", annoyed managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke (via kicker).

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? The #BVB will have to do without support from the grandstands tonight in the first home game of this year's #UCL season.

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- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 28, 2020

Also Eintracht Frankfurt has to go back on Saturday against Werder Bremen like more and more Bundesliga clubs ( from November probably all ) play without a spectator. SGE board member Axel Hellmann actually does not agree with this. He and the Frankfurters consider "the practice of excluding spectators, not only in professional football, to be permanently the wrong and no longer proportionate way" (via kicker). He also referred to the successfully tested hygiene concept, which had been developed for precisely the current phases.

Attending a football game poses no greater risk than everyday life

"The health department in particular is convinced that attending a Eintracht Frankfurt home game due to this hygiene concept does not pose a risk of infection beyond the normal everyday risk - on the contrary, the opposite is the case", said Hellmann too. His arguments are understandable, but probably in vain - even though football has done everything right so far.

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In no football game that has been played with spectators so far, there was a kind of corona stove or any other major problems. Much more has been said about the exemplary behavior of all those involved. Visits to soccer games are neither a reason for the increasing number of corona cases nor a serious problem.

However, when the Bundesliga was resumed after the first lockdown, there was great criticism from society: Why are they allowed to play again? There are more important things than football! Exactly such voices should be loud again if fans are allowed in the stadiums again despite the increasing numbers. And you couldn't even blame these people for it.

Exclusion of spectators is unfair, but understandable

But up to this point, football in Germany has shown itself to be exemplary with its hygiene concepts since the resumption of play and has shown how it can be to live with the pandemic. Attending a soccer game does not pose a major risk under the measures taken. The fact that less and less is allowed is therefore a little unfair for everyone involved in football. But it is also understandable: How should society be explained that shops have to close when thousands are sitting in the stadium? It has long been about symbolism.

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