Yesterday, the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga clubs met for anof the DFL.
The meeting needed for all clubs to coordinate on a uniform approach in relation to a possible, initially partial return of stadium spectators.
They all voted to allow for this partial return, provided this can be implemented in the 2020/21 season against the background of the effects and the further course of the corona pandemic.
The design and detailed structure of the uniform requirements, agreed to be effective until 31/10/2020 or 31/12/2020 remains within each individual club’s area of responsibility.
These must include concrete measures in their location-specific concepts to be finally adopted by the competent local health authorities.
However, the broad, uniform decisions taken were as follows:
- The professional clubs will, as long as it will be possible to re-admit stadium spectators in the corresponding period, initially refrain from admission tickets for visiting team fans to matches in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga.
- This decision is intended to help reduce the nationwide travel volume of fans – partly in public transport – and thereby reduce the potential risk of infections.
- On a voluntary basis, the clubs of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga plan to play their home matches without standing areas until October 31st, 2020, in the event that spectators are re-admitted to the stadiums.
- The intention is to gradually adapt the game-related processes to completely new requirements in the spectator areas and in this way to facilitate the control of compliance with distance and hygiene standards in the stadiums.
- If it is possible to play matches in the (partial) presence of stadium spectators, the clubs will refrain from serving alcohol at their home matches until October 31st, 2020.
- The professional clubs will ensure in their games that, in the event of the infection being found, the identity and contact details of possibly affected stadium spectators can be determined.
- This is based on the consideration that the local health authorities can only interrupt existing infection chains early and effectively if they can quickly identify and contact the relevant people.