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Union and Munich again with fans - empty stadiums in NRW
1. FC Köln will have to play against Schalke 04 in front of empty ranks in the game for relegation on Saturday (May 17th, 2021). The duel between cup winners Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen will also remain without spectators.
Cologne is hoping for fans in a possible relegation game
Cologne officials had hoped for at least 500 spectators for the duel on matchday 34. The seventeenth of the table had already prepared a corresponding application on Sunday (May 16, 2021) - when the incidence was 89.8. "The incidence value 100 is decisive according to the current corona protection ordinance. Since the value on Monday was 105.3, partial admission of viewers for the home game against FC Schalke is excluded", said Cologne's managing director Alexander Wehrle.
"With regard to a possible relegation game in the coming week, we remain in close contact with the Cologne Health Department - the key date for the incidence value in this case is Wednesday. If the value is then below 100, we will prepare for a scenario with a partial admission of viewers ", added Wehrle.
Bochum promotion party without fans
There will be no spectators anywhere else in North Rhine-Westphalia either. On Monday, in addition to Cologne, the respective venues Dortmund (107.6) and Bochum (100.4) had seven-day incidences of over 100. However, five working days under 100 are mandatory in order to allow 500 people with a negative test to enter an outdoor event. The Bochumers can therefore not celebrate the possible Bundesliga return in the stadium with their fans.
250 spectators possible in Munich
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, has the chance to let a few spectators into the arena in the last home game of the Bundesliga season. This emerges from the new corona rules that the cabinet decided on Tuesday (May 18, 21). In counties and cities with a stable seven-day incidence below 100, up to 250 spectators can again attend outdoor sports events from Friday. In Munich, this crucial value has been below 100 since the beginning of May.
Rostock in front of 7,500 spectators
The reason for the different regulations at the end of the season is the respective incidence values in the cities. The biggest return of fans of the weekend is expected in Rostock, when Hansa can return to the second division on Saturday with a win against VfB Lübeck after nine years in third division. In Rostock the incidence value is currently well below 100.
"We have jointly agreed on a total of 7,500 spectators for the game on Saturday. The aim is to take possible fan masses into the stadium in front of the stadium. Here we expect a targeted and better control of the flow of spectators."said the Deputy Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Health Harry Glawe (CDU).
Back in March, Hansa was allowed to let 702 spectators into the stadium against Halleschen FC, but after that the incidence values rose again.
2000 fans at the "Alte Försterei"
The mood at the Alte Försterei should also rise on Saturday. Up to 2,000 fans can attend the match against RB Leipzig in the stadium if the incidence figures in the capital remain as low as they are now in the coming days. The responsible district office of Treptow-Köpenick informed the sports show that the requirements are currently met. The approval of the Berlin Senate is available.
Union had previously announced that it had submitted an application for a pilot project to return viewers during the corona pandemic. Union last competed on October 24, 2020 against SC Freiburg in front of spectators. 4,500 fans were there in the arena in the Berlin district of Köpenick, which normally holds around 22,000 people.
100 spectators admitted in Sinsheim
At the game between 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC in Sinsheim, the responsible district office of the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis allowed a maximum of 100 spectators. In addition to the mask requirement, a test, vaccination or recovery certificate are a prerequisite, said the authority of the sports show. In the Baden-Wuerttemberg state capital Stuttgart, on the other hand, it is currently not expected that the incidence value will allow at least a partial return by the weekend.
The health authorities in Frankfurt and Bremen also announced that Eintracht against SC Freiburg and Werder against Borussia Mönchengladbach still have to play in front of empty ranks.
Kiel voluntarily refrains from returning fans
Second division Holstein Kiel forego any fan support in their last game of the season against Darmstadt 98. "Even if a limited number of spectators could be allowed as part of a model project, we will play our last home game against Darmstadt 98 in the usual way as in the past seven months in the Holstein Stadium", said club boss Steffen Schneekloth. Kiel can get promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time on Sunday in the game against Hessen.
"Neither should professional football claim a special role for itself in society. Because no spectators are currently admitted to other event sectors either. KSV Holstein would still like to experience preferential treatment over other sports clubs in the state", explained Schneekloth in the NDR.
Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) called the decision "An expression of the great responsibility of the club management". "With all due understanding for the euphoria that Holstein has triggered in me with his sensational performances - we still have to be careful and must not rush further openings "said the head of government in the state capital. The goal is to reopen all stadiums to fans in the coming season.
dpa / red | Status: May 18, 2021, 6:49 pm
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