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"When there is screaming and cheering, it can happen in a flash"


Even a super spreader in the stands would be enough: The Marburger Bund considers the return of football spectators to be a high risk. The DFL concept against infections is "unrealistic".

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Grandstands with cardboard displays in Mönchengladbach (on August 4th): Marburger Bund finds clear words

Photo: Martin Meissner / AP

Should fans be allowed into German football stadiums again? This question has been discussed since the general corona restrictions were relaxed. The First Mayor of Hamburg has just spoken out in favor of allowing visitors to attend the Games again under certain conditions. But the opposing voices are just as clear. Now the medical association Marburger Bund has taken a position.

He strongly warns against a return of fans in the Bundesliga. "The risk of mass infections would be real. If we are unlucky, there will be a super spreader among the fans and the virus will spread like wildfire," said the chairwoman of the Marburger Bund, Susanne Johna, of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" (NOZ) .

Before the counseling of the health ministers of the federal states about partial admission to spectators in stadiums with protective conditions, the senior hygiene doctor reiterated her concerns: "That's the insidious thing about Covid-19: someone can't have any complaints at all, but his throat is already full Viruses. And when there is screaming and cheering, it can happen in a flash. "

Regarding the concept of the German Football League (DFL) presented last week for a reduced return of fans without occupying the standing room, alcohol and guest fans as well as with personalized tickets, Johna said: "The efforts of the league are more than understandable. But that I consider their concept to prevent contagion to be unrealistic. "

She herself likes to watch football matches in the stadium and misses that, but that is precisely why she cannot imagine fans staying in their seats when her team scores a goal. "You lie in each other's arms and don't think about Corona. Anything else would be downright inhuman," said the doctor.

Argument of the Hamburg mayor: It works in the Elbphilarmonie too

Hamburg's First Mayor Peter Tschentscher, however, had spoken out in favor of Bundesliga games with fans in the stadiums. The SPD politician says "Bild": "Why shouldn't it be possible to open a football stadium with a few thousand spectators?"

It must be about proportionality. "What is possible in view of risk protection should be done." In Hamburg it is already possible to watch concerts with up to 750 people live in the Elbphilarmonie.

At a switching conference on Monday, the federal and state health ministers wanted to exchange ideas about the concept of the German Football League, according to participants. But decisions are not to be expected.

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Source: spiegel

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