Markus Söder wants ghost games because of Corona

Dhe time of major events with full stadiums in professional sport runs out again. Due to the ever-worsening corona situation, there is a consensus in politics to ban sold-out stadiums as quickly as possible and to drastically reduce spectator capacities in the national leagues.

At the conference call between the federal and state governments with the executive chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her designated successor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on Tuesday, the union-led federal states spoke out in favor of only allowing a third of the capacity to be used at major events. There have not yet been any resolutions, details for tougher measures in the corona pandemic should be worked out by Thursday.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is even calling for ghost games in the Bundesliga until the end of the year. “When Christmas markets are closed, it is not appropriate to have full stadiums,” said the CSU politician in a statement on Tuesday. It is questionable, however, whether there are other federal states, where the incidences are much lower than in Bavaria. “We’re trying to do that again across Germany, but we’d go it alone in Bavaria at this point,” Söder continued.

Less than 67,000 at the top game

In Bavaria, where there were 75,000 fans in the fully occupied Munich arena at the beginning of the month, occupancy is currently only allowed at 25 percent. In Saxony, which is also badly affected by the pandemic, there is even professional sport without an audience, Baden-Württemberg has announced such a step. Interior Minister Boris Pistorius can also imagine ghost games in Lower Saxony. “From next week onwards, the regulation will also provide, in case of doubt, to go down to a capacity limit of 25 percent or even to play ghost games,” said Pistorius in Hanover.




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