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Findings from the 5th Bundesliga match day: false positive is the new negative


Positive corona tests that turn out to be negative in retrospect, a taciturn referee account and three old friends: These are the findings of the football weekend.

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Corona measures in the Union Berlin stadium: Chants and chants are not allowed

Photo: Matthias Koch / imago images / Matthias Koch

First finding: Corona chaos harbors potential for frustration

There has recently been some confusion in German football: First, Bayern professional Serge Gnabry tested positive for the corona virus, was not allowed to play against Atlético Madrid and was also not in the squad against Frankfurt.

Then Bayern coach Hansi Flick announced on Saturday that his outstanding attacking player might have been tested wrongly, which turned out to be true on Monday.

There were similar reports in other leagues: The result of six Heidenheim players (2nd Bundesliga) changed from positive to negative.

Third division Türkgücü Munich, whose game was canceled, later received confirmation from the responsible laboratory that they tested false-positive.

It was known that the tests are not always error-free.

Now there are the first examples in professional football.

The way positive cases are dealt with differs in the world of football: At Inter Milan, a case became known a few hours before the Champions League game against Gladbach, but the game took place anyway.

The women's DFB international match against England, however, was canceled days in advance because an employee on the functional team tested positive.

When it comes to the question of how many spectators are allowed to enter the stadium, the health authorities also decide differently: At Union Berlin, 4500 spectators were allowed to watch, at the Revier derby there were only 300. And that despite the similarly tense Corona situation.

In view of the increasing number of infections, wrong tests and different framework conditions appear to be less of a problem than a complete stop of the game.

Nevertheless, it is a topic: Flick said that he was "too little expert and specialist", but described the positive-negative case of Gnabry in front of the press.

Max Kothny, managing director of Türkgücü, said they were "very sad, especially from a sporting point of view, but also because of the costs incurred".

And Heidenheim checked legal steps against the laboratory and hopes for the DFL task force to investigate the case.

Second insight: There is even more to do with the video referee account

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Red - or is it just yellow?

Referee Tobias Stieler during the game between Leipzig and Hertha

Photo: Tilo Wiedensohler / imago images / Camera 4

The German Football Association presented its new Twitter channel with a press release on Thursday, which is intended to provide more transparency with regard to the video referee.

"A faster and better understanding of individual decisions" should be created.

The referee's decision, the reason for the review and the final decision should be discussed.

Well, strictly speaking, that's exactly what the DFB delivered. This is what the tweets looked like: "# D98STP 12. | SR decision: Penalty, reason for the test: foul play ?, Final decision: No penalty #VAC".

Or like this: "#KIESGF 58. | SR decision: No goal, reason for the test: Offside ?, Final decision: Goal #VAC".

The operator of the account was then told relatively quickly from the Twitter community that perhaps a little more explanations would have been good at one point or another.

The tweets contributed more to amusement than to transparent decision-making.

The first game day and the reactions will possibly be evaluated.

Accounts like Collina's heirs or the attempts of the Premier League last year could be role models for the DFB account.

At least there was some understanding during the course of the day, and the makers let themselves be carried away by one or two words more:

Third insight: the balance of power is becoming clear again

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5-0 against Frankfurt - Bayern are picking up speed again

Photo: Matthias Balk / dpa

In the past two seasons, Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig were at the top - and after the victories of the three on the previous matchday (Leipzig 2-1, Bayern 5-0 and Dortmund 3-0), the gap to the rest of the league is clear again: Auf in fourth place they are now five or four points ahead.

The first game days traditionally offer opportunities for surprising leaders and teams in the top group.

A clear victory at the beginning, or two or three successes in a row - and a small club is at the top.

Hertha in second place, Augsburg in second place, Hoffenheim at the top - all of that was already there this season.

But the spell evaporated quickly.

Now Leipzig, Bavaria and Dortmund are in the first three places.

The trio had already formed on the previous matchday and stayed there.

After all, there is still a surprise in fourth place: Stuttgart promoted.

But this team could also be ousted in the evening - if Bayer Leverkusen wins against Augsburg.

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Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2020-10-26

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