Stadium instead of bench! Against ghost games’: German football fans protest against the return of football
Stadium instead of bench! Against ghost games’: German football fans protest against Bundesliga returning outside Cologne stadium for their first game against Mainz
- German football fans protested the Bundesliga without fans being played
- The posters were hung near Cologne prior to their match against Mainz
- Fans believe they should be admitted so that they can support their team financially
- As part of the protest, a bench was also placed outside the Cologne stadium
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German football fans showed their anger at the Bundesliga, which was staged behind closed doors with remote protests outside the Cologne stadium.
Professional football in Germany was played for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak this weekend, but supporters should not attend the matches due to the risk of further spread.
Prior to Cologne’s game against Mainz at the RheinEnergie Stadium on Sunday afternoon, unimpressed fans hung up posters and even laid a bank outside to express their frustration at home matches.
Stadium instead of Sofa! Against ghost games! “written on a bench outside the grounds of Cologne
The bank stood on Sunday afternoon for the Cologne match against Mainz
The words’ Stadium instead of Sofa! Against ghost games! were sprayed in red on the bench outside the empty stadium.
Meanwhile, the posters had the message, “Our money is more important than your health,” outlining the view that keeping football financially stable by letting fans in is a greater priority than limiting the spread of the disease .
In Germany, no more than 300 people may be in or directly outside the stadium on a match day. This allows players, coaches, medical staff, club officials and some media teams to be admitted to the locations.
German football fans held protests against the Bundesliga behind closed doors
Posters outside Cologne stadium said ‘our money is more important than your health’
In the ground, substitutes sat in the stands to respect the two-meter social distance rule
Only 300 people can enter German stadiums, but only media personnel are allowed
In the game itself, substitutes were often seen in the stands to respect the two-meter social distance rule, while players on the field were discouraged from team celebrations after scoring a goal.
Players and managers were also seen with punches or elbow touches rather than shaking hands before, during and after the matches.
In total, 17 games were played in the German first and second division this weekend, all of which were played without fans in the stadium.
The only game not to be held this weekend was the Dynamo Dresden clash at home in Hanover, after two home club players tested positive for the virus and the entire team was forced to self-isolate.