First the Berlin derby, then the whole game day? After the announced hard lockdown over Easter, the uncertainties about the 27th Bundesliga matchday on the first weekend in April increased on Tuesday (March 23rd).
- DFL does not see the Bundesliga matchday at Easter in danger
- Lockdown rules created uncertainty
- Bundesliga games can take place as usual
However, the DFL is firmly assuming that the matchday can be held as planned. According to SID information, no government agency has yet contacted the league association to point out possible complications.
After the federal government rowed back again on Wednesday (March 24th) with the tough restrictions for the Easter weekend, nothing stands in the way of the regular hosting of the games.
According to the DFL, the Bundesliga matchday on Easter is not in danger
Therefore, the previous DFL statement still applies, according to which “the event will be held as before on the basis of the medical-hygienic concept of the ‘Task Force Sports Medicine / Special Game Operation'”.
The DFL “currently has no information or factual reasons that contradict this”. The day before, there were brief reports of a cancellation of the Berlin derby between Union and Hertha BSC. A little later, politicians decidedly denied it.
In the meantime, the federal and state governments had decided to extend the applicable lockdown rules until April 18. Over Easter, the lockdown should also be tightened for several days so that public life in Germany should be largely shut down. However, this plan has now been overturned.
DFL tightened hygiene concept and increased test frequency in the Bundesliga
The DFL had previously tightened its hygiene concept, which threatened the clubs with so-called “quarantine training camps”. According to the DFL, the Presidium is considering such a mandatory measure. Accordingly, a quarantine for a period of five to 14 days could be ordered for the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and the 2nd division.
In addition, as expected, the frequency of the corona tests will be increased. From April onwards, if the incidence is seven days or more, rapid antigen tests will be mandatory at the beginning of each training or travel day. The two obligatory PCR tests per week remain in place. (sid)