Bundesliga games behind closed doors will be ‘irresponsible’

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The vice-president of the German Police Trade Union has warned that playing the Bundesliga game behind closed doors would be “irresponsible” because it could encourage fans to gather outside the stadiums.

Like most European leagues, Germany’s top flight has been suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

Germany’s top two tiers have been suspended until at least April 30, when the government banned rallies until the end of August.

However, this month the head of the German Football Federation (DFL), Christian Sefert, said there was room for discussion about the match behind closed doors at the start of the match.

Seifert has confirmed DFL’s plans to continue with the season, and the launch date will be May 9, once the plan is backed by the government.

But senior union official Jorge Jadek believes doing so could be risky to public health.

“Perhaps it is possible to control what is happening in the stadium. This does not apply to the public space in front. Stadiums have become a potential target for fans who want to support their team,” Radek said in an interview with Frankfurter Aljamin Sontagsiteng.

“It will be devastating. We can’t have a lot of crowds outside the gates of the stadium. It’s not just forbidden, it’s irresponsible.

“At the moment it becomes relevant to the police, then we have to make sure that the requirements that are currently applicable to conduct in public places are complied with – the requirement of a distance of one and a half meters, the ban on large gatherings, wearing masks.”

“If this is not guaranteed, we will have to intervene to maintain security and order.

“I want to say that as a police union we are not basically against the football game.

“I also understand that a lot of people should stop watching old international matches or old Bundesliga games, but we should not forget what special situation we are in – including the police.

“Games behind closed doors are a danger, even if the organizers do everything at the stadium to ensure that hygienic rules are followed to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.”

He said the DFL plans did not appear to cover such aspects and spoke of the possibility of an “additional burden” on the police.

“Running the league over the weekend is a huge burden for us without the Corona epidemic,” Radek said. .. / data / gnome – power – manager.schemas.in.h: 28 msgid “” “With the break, we’ve gained an employee reserve that we can” “lag behind to increase our presence elsewhere.”