News : Borussia Mönchengladbach will play against Manchester City again in Budapest
Despite the high number of infections in Budapest, Borussia Mönchengladbach is now playing the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City in the Hungarian capital. The Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday. The first leg on February 24 (0: 2) had already been played in Budapest because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The background to the renewed postponement of the game is a briefly changed entry regulation, which would have resulted in a 14-day quarantine for the Bundesliga club after returning from England, which is particularly affected by the Corona variants. This is now also costing Borussia a lot of money: Gladbach has to pay around 1.5 million euros to ManCity as compensation for the necessary postponement of the game. According to the rules for the premier class, ten percent of the entry fee must be paid because the leaders of the Premier League have to travel for their home game.
Just last week, Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl spoke of an agreement that would have made a game in Manchester possible. It was agreed with the responsible authorities that the Gladbachers would have gone into a five-day isolation after their return from England without contact, for example with the families of the players, with constant tests. This quasi-quarantine would have been interrupted for the Bundesliga game on March 20 at FC Schalke 04. The German Football League and Schalke also agreed to this. Then, however, came the new entry regulation, which took away the possibility of approval from the Mönchengladbach health department.
In any case, the intended regulation was criticized primarily by RB Leipzig. The Saxons also had to play both round of 16 games against Liverpool due to the corona regulations in order to bypass the quarantine. Even RB, which had also moved to Budapest, has to pay a good 1.5 million euros to Liverpool.
Many observers do not understand the relocation of the Games to Budapest because of the high incidence value there. The 14-day incidence, i.e. the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and 14 days, is 829 according to unofficial information on Wednesday. For comparison: the seven-day incidence in Mönchengladbach is currently 39.8.