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Sport The fight of football for fans to return

16:38  21 february  2021
16:38  21 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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Impatience in football is growing. DFB President Fritz Keller wants a “normal life” and perspectives again, Deputy Chief Rainer Koch is pushing for an end to the training ban for amateurs, and from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's point of view, the corona pandemic is “also pulling on the nerves of football”.

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A comprehensive concept could at least pave the way for a return of fans. A joint three-stage plan of sport with science and culture is intended to enable the stadiums to be used up to 40 percent for the time being, which would be twice as high as after the first lockdown last year.

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So, despite the currently less encouraging corona numbers, the German makers have not given up the desire to see spectators at the multi-nation European Championship games this summer in Munich. "I don't think we'll be able to fully utilize the stadiums before the tournament," said ex-world champion Philipp Lahm, chief organizer of EM 2024, the editorial network Germany. "But we put hope on everything below."

At least until March 7th there will be a standstill in amateur and popular sports, no fans are allowed in the Bundesliga arenas. In addition to professional leagues from other sports, the German Football League and the DFB also supported the concept of 20 scientists for the return of spectators. With an individual special concept, the capacity should be able to be increased even further. Details of the paper will be presented on February 22nd. "I would like that we could show with football that there are possible steps back to normal life," said association boss Keller in principle of "Welt am Sonntag".

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His deputy Koch renewed the demand on top politicians that sport should be discussed again at the Prime Minister's Conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 3rd. "If we don't finally find our way back to life through tests in Germany, people will lose patience," said Keller. Rapid tests are a key to the return of amateur football. "If it is clear that someone cannot infect someone else, he must get his freedoms back."

The fact that professional clubs have the freedom to travel to the European Cup and to move to other countries due to national restrictions on matches has recently sparked public debate. From Rummenigge's point of view, German football cannot be criticized. “These are not decisions by the clubs, this is a decision by UEFA,” said the chairman of the board of FC Bayern Munich in the ZDF “sports studio” with a view to the European Football Union. "The alternative would be to stop participating in the Champions League."

RB Leipzig last played their last sixteen against Liverpool FC in Budapest, this week Borussia Mönchengladbach is also traveling to the Hungarian capital for a duel with Manchester City. This is "worth discussing because you get the impression that football has a special role," said Rummenigge. However, he rejected

allegations that football was claiming this exceptional position in the pandemic. "We are not arrogant at all, we do not demand any special role at all." Football still has humility, but is also affected by the pandemic. "We are all tense in our country," said Rummenigge. "It's not that easy, even for football."

Dustin Poirier says Nate Diaz fight at welterweight among future options .
is confident he'll eventually share the octagon with and is willing to move up a weight class to boost the odds of it happening. Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Diaz (20-12 MMA, 15-10 UFC) were once scheduled to fight at UFC 230 in November 2018. It didn't come…Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Diaz (20-12 MMA, 15-10 UFC) were once scheduled to fight at UFC 230 in November 2018. It didn’t come to fruition, and since then they’ve taken the occasional shot at each other through interviews or on social media.

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