Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rejected allegations that football claims a special role in the corona pandemic. “We are not arrogant at all, we do not require any special role,” said the CEO of the German record champions on Saturday in the “Current Sports Studio” of the ZDF. “Football still has humility.” But professional football, which is currently allowed to continue its game operations without spectators, is also affected by the pandemic. “We are all tense in our country,” said Rummenigge. “It’s not that easy, even for football.”
His statements about vaccination were partially misunderstood. “We do not want to push ourselves in any way,” said Rummenigge on the debate about a possible preference for professional athletes in vaccination, which had arisen after his statements. Rummenigge had suggested at Sport1 that football professionals could serve as vaccination models for the population. This of course only applies “if there is enough vaccine”, said Rummenigge now.
Rummenigge defended the clubs’ travels in the European Cup. “You shouldn’t blame German football. It’s not a decision by the clubs, it’s a decision by UEFA,” he said, referring to the European football association. “ The alternative would be to stop participating in the Champions League.” Most recently, RB Leipzig had played its last sixteen against Liverpool in Budapest due to travel restrictions. This is “worth discussing because you get the impression that football has a special role”.