News : Football EM 2021: Munich remains the venue – Munich
Munich remains in the game as to how many can watch this – but that is still not clear. For weeks there had been a struggle between the European Football Union (Uefa) and the German Football Association (DFB) over the question of whether there will also be games in Munich at the European Championship, which will begin on June 11 and will be held for the first time in a pan-European manner. The city was awarded four: three group games of the German national team on June 15 against France, on June 19 against Portugal and on June 23 against Hungary, as well as a quarter-final on July 2.
Uefa underlined these plans, the reason with which they did so, but immediately raised new questions: “The UEFA Executive Committee met today by video conference and was informed that the responsible authorities were carrying out all four games in Munich with at least 14,500 spectators, which is why the city was confirmed as the venue, “said the association, and Aleksander Čeferin, its president, was pleased” that we can attend a festival of national team football at all of the games Welcome to the continent “.
The reactions in Germany sounded much more cautious: “I’m happy that we were able to convince Uefa that Munich is an attractive venue even without a guarantee of spectators,” said Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD), who only promised: “Munich will join us to implement the four European Championship games in an appropriate scenario. ” Fritz Keller, the President of the DFB, put it this way: He is pleased about the confirmation “and to great games in Munich – maybe even in front of an audience “.
Florian Herrmann (CSU), the head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, made it clear: “Everything is subject to the pandemic situation.” And a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said: Games in front of thousands of spectators with a seven-day incidence of more than 100 are “difficult to imagine”. The value was 148.2 on Friday in Munich. How many will be allowed to join the dance for the ball is still uncertain.
Other nominated host cities had a similar starting point – and were therefore removed from the European Championship calendar by Uefa on Friday: Bilbao and Dublin are no longer allowed to play hosts. Ireland loses European Championship status completely (there are more games in St. Petersburg and London), in Spain Seville takes over (where the incidence is lower than in Bilbao). Why was Munich and the DFB given a special role?
The fact that the local table football market is a particularly large one should not have been a disadvantage, as was the surprising return of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the CEO of the stadium owner FC Bayern, to the Uefa Executive Committee after the failed plans of other top European clubs to found one Super League this week.
In any case, Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter addressed an explicit “thank you” to Rummenigge on Friday. This in turn thanked Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), because he had also made “an important contribution”. The dance of thanks indicates how vehement the struggle must have been in the back rooms.
For the games in Munich’s 70,000-spectator arena, the DFB submitted three scenarios to Uefa: Zero to 7,000 fans if the pandemic continues to rage (“backup”), up to 14,500 if it subsides (“lead”) ), or even just under 27,000 if this drops off sharply (“upscale”). Shortly before the decision, the Bavarian state government signaled which scenario it considers the most likely: the middle one.
Interior and Sports Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) underlined this optimism after the Uefa decision – but also without being specific: “With hygiene concepts, with tests and with the progress that we are now making with vaccination, the German should be up to the first game National team at least a limited number of spectators in the Allianz Arena. ” The current Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, which currently stands in the way, will then no longer apply. It runs until May 9th. “At the beginning of June”, demands Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter, it must be clear “whether there can be spectators and if so, how many”.