News : Easter without Bundesliga threatens – sport
The Bundesliga is threatened with a compulsory break at Easter, and in the lightning lockdown, an operating ban for the professional football industry is no longer taboo. Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller confirmed talks between politics and football on Tuesday as to whether the games planned for Easter could take place despite the prescribed “rest days”. “That must be clarified nationwide,” said the SPD politician.
In Berlin on April 4th, the derby between Union and Hertha BSC is on the schedule; It is also uncertain for the time being whether the summit between RB Leipzig and league leaders FC Bayern can rise on Holy Saturday. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) did not want to rule out a rejection or, conversely, a release for up to 1000 viewers. “The next few days will show whether that is the case,” said Kretschmer.
“In Lower Saxony we are assuming that there will be no professional sport on the Easter weekend,” says Anke Pörksen, spokeswoman for the Lower Saxony state government, to the Internet portal Sportbuzzer. Affected would be the Bundesliga game on April 3rd between VfL Wolfsburg and 1. FC Köln and the northern derby in the 2nd division between Hannover 96 and Hamburger SV one day later.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) agreed on Monday with the country leaders to largely shut down public, private and economic life from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday in order to break the third wave of corona. The federal government is currently working on an ordinance to clarify questions such as the permission of professional sports over Easter.
In addition to RB Leipzig, the SC DHfK Leipzig also wants to advance a pilot project and let 1000 fans into the hall on April 1st against Erlangen. “That was important to us to show how openings can be possible under pandemic conditions. With a very clear and unambiguous test regime,” said Saxony’s Minister of Health Petra Köpping (SPD). For this, the current Corona Protection Ordinance is to be changed in one point and the incidence dependency of 100 deleted. According to Köpping, the clubs’ proposals are “still in the process of being voted on”. On Monday, Leipzig’s mayor Jung classified events with spectators as illusory.
The Berlin volleyball Bundesliga team BR Volleys can, as hoped, fight in front of spectators for a place in the playoff final. The Berlin Senate approved the pilot project on Monday. The second game of the semi-finals this Wednesday in the Max-Schmeling-Halle against Düren (7.30 p.m.) can therefore take place in front of around 800 spectators. “We are sticking to our model projects,” affirmed Mayor Müller on Tuesday afternoon: “Does testing work in sport? We will see that tomorrow.” The health concept provides daily negative tests for all viewers and participants as a basic requirement. Last Saturday, the third division soccer team Hansa Rostock was allowed to play against Halleschen FC in front of around 700 spectators in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.