ZAt least for one game, the Borussia Mönchengladbach spectators have certainty. For the opening of the Bundesliga on Friday (8.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga, on Sat.1 and DAZN) against FC Bayern, 23,000 visitors can come to Borussia-Park. Vaccinated, recovered and tested. This was by no means certain until last Wednesday, after the incidence in the city on the Lower Rhine approached the limit of 35. As in the previous game year, the new season should have started with quota reductions if the value had been over 35 on eight consecutive days. This is no longer possible now. Nobody knows how the situation will be at the second home game of the season.
This example shows that the league is far from being able to plan reliably. That new restrictions are to be expected, which follow different rules from state to state. There can be no question of the much-invoked “normality”, which is why the functionaries are fighting back more and more vigorously. He is “firmly convinced that the incidence value at the start of the Bundesliga will be over 35 everywhere,” says Fredi Bobic, the managing director of Hertha BSC, for example. In Berlin, only 5,000 instead of 25,000 people should come to the Olympic Stadium. The current regulation “totally ignores the issue” and is “counterproductive”, says Bobic. Many club managements talk similarly.