With the return of the German league on May 16, we could be seeing the near future of soccer under the coronavirus .
The Bundesliga has adopted protocols to continue competition under the coronavirus crisis. / Photo: Pixabay - Reference Image
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Leer en español: Las medidas de la Bundesliga contra el COVID-19
The Bundesliga returned on May 16 and we saw, for the first time, what the future of sports might look like as long as we continue under this pandemic. Here in LatinAmerican Post we bring you some of the precautions that the German league is taking and the criticisms that are being made about it. If you have further questions, you can consult them in this 50-page document, available online.
Stadiums without fans
One of the most relevant guidelines in the document is that a maximum of 300 people will be allowed in the stadium during any match, which will be divided into three “zones” which will have 100 people each.
These areas are:
- The interior of the stadium (Mainly for players, substitutes and coaches)
- The stands (Mainly for press and journalists)
- The exterior of the stadium (Mainly to keep fans away from the stadium. In this section there are 50 security guards)
Players have various obligations before starting to play a match. These range from arrival at the stadium to entry as such. Without starting because they must spend a week isolated in a hotel before the game, the members of the teams, in addition, must arrive in different buses, use their car to go to local games, and coordinate with rival teams to arrive at different times.
In lockers, players must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other and change in the shortest time possible. Additionally, they must use a mask. In the tunnel of the players they must maintain the social distance between them and take turns leaving.
Already on the field, all kinds of additions that we normally enjoy in soccer, such as children, pets, team photos, handshake, etc., were prohibited. Similarly, coaches and technical personnel must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between them. These measures, although they were successfully implemented a few days ago in the Borussia Dortmund match, have been widely questioned, as there is no sense for the players to take them between themselves if they are ultimately going to be making physical contact with each other. others when they are in the field. Falcao ruled on the matter:
Viendo el retorno del fútbol me pregunto: ¿Existirá una razón técnica para que no se permita el abrazo en los goles? Durante todo el partido estamos en constante contacto. ¡En un tiro de esquina están los defensores encima tuyo!. En las barreras están todos juntos— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) May 16, 2020
Can they not see what a mockery they are making of Football... socially distant subs...... but you can have a five man wall no problem...#nullandvoid #itsnotfootball #gameisaboutmoney #PremierLeague #Bundesliga #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/22SGgQ2W7D— Steve H20 (@berti1976) May 16, 2020
Dedrick Boyata (Herta de Berlín) celebrando un gol con un beso, violó las medidas sanitarias en la misma apertura de la #Bundesliga— Broderick Zerpa | Sportscaster/Analyst (@Beisbologo) May 17, 2020
¿Es posible realmente llevar a cero este tipo de situaciones en #Coronavirus? pic.twitter.com/ElG9q1wEWL
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Some fans have taken it a little further, like this German who left a sofa in protest in front of the FC Köln stadium.
More protests against the Bundesliga’s restart:— Felix Tamsut (@ftamsut) May 16, 2020
An actual sofa has been placed at FC Köln’s stadium.
Text reads: “Stadium instead of sofa! Against ghost games!”
Posters also seen across Cologne imitating #Effzeh’s adverts: “Money matters more to us than your health!”#KOEM05 pic.twitter.com/kjJrcWoVFq
Safety for all
What is certain is that the German measures to guarantee the safety of its players are meticulous and extremely detailed. We are not going to bombard you with the full list of 33 measures, which you can find in the previous document, but we show you the most important (or curious):
- Upon entering the stadium, an agent will ask anyone who enters for symptoms and will measure their temperature if they report positive symptoms.
- Hand sanitizer should be provided in each room as much as possible
- The balls must be disinfected before and after each game.
- Players' meals must be prepared before they enter the stadium.
- Players are suggested to shower at home
- All people in the stadium must wear masks without exception
- Only personal and disposable water bottles are allowed
For now, all 9 matches on the 26th date have been fully played and it is expected that the same amount will be played from now on each date.
The Bundesliga has commented that according to them, the prevention measures against the coronavirus have been a success. In an interview with The Guardian, the sports director of Eintracht Frankfurt, commented that the league would serve as "a litmus test" for the other sports leagues in the world. Additionally, he mentioned that he had received multiple calls from American basketball, soccer, and baseball clubs asking for his help and asking about the logistics behind the league's return.