Quotas, standing room and serving alcohol: At today’s general meeting, the professional clubs decided on a uniform approach.
How should the football clubs deal with a possible return of the stadium spectators? The clubs of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga came together for an extraordinary general meeting on this topic. Your goal: a uniform, central approach. “Location-specific club concepts in terms of the greatest possible protection against infection” should continue to serve as the basis. These have to be approved by the local health authorities, the DFL now reports.
After intensive discussions, the following decisions have now been made. They refer to the event that stadium visitors are admitted again. For now, however, this is still uncertain.
- The professional clubs are at games of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga refrain from admission tickets for visiting team fans until the end of the year. The corresponding section of the game regulations, according to which a visiting club is generally entitled to a ticket contingent of at least ten percent of the respective stadium capacity, will be adjusted accordingly. This decision is intended to help reduce the nationwide travel volume of fans – partly in public transport – and thereby reduce the potential risk of infection.
- The clubs also plan their own voluntary work Home games until October 31st without general admission in order to enable the gradual adaptation of the game-related processes to completely new requirements in the spectator area and in this way to make it easier to check compliance with distance and hygiene standards in the stadiums.
- The clubs dispense until October 31st on serving alcohol at their home games. In this context, the DFL rules of procedure basically stipulate that serving alcoholic beverages at Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches is only possible with the express consent of the locally responsible authorities. In this regard, the clubs have made a voluntary commitment not to apply for a corresponding official exemption until October 31.
- The professional clubs are committed to ensuring that their games in the case of infections the Identity and contact details of possible and possibly affected stadium visitors can be determined. This is based on the consideration that the local health authorities can only interrupt existing infection chains early and effectively if they can quickly identify and contact the relevant people. The exact design of the regulation initially agreed for this calendar year remains the responsibility of the individual clubs, which have to include concrete measures in their location-specific concepts.
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