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Mass tests to decide fan return

By Christian Andrick

Germany's Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, and DFB President Fritz Keller can imagine a return of spectators to stadiums if mass testing can be implemented.

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Efforts to get back to football normality after the coronavirus are well received by politicians as they work to find a solution for all major events.

"The question of how football matches take place with spectators is an important signal for all other major events as well. The rules have to fit." said Minister of Health Jens Spahn on Monday at an election campaign event in Cologne, per sportschau.de.

DFB President Fritz Keller emphasized the notion that the DFB is working with experts and scientists from many fields on a system that will make stadium visits possible again.

"Preventive testing will not benefit football, but everyone," said the DFB boss.

“If, in the ideal case, every five to ten people from 7.1 million members of their club can be persuaded to take part in testing, you can work out how much we could achieve.”

With the infrastructure of its 25,000 clubs, the DFB could help society.

Even the Head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU), expressed his openness to this in the "Bild am Sonntag" newspaper over the weekend,

“If a good hygiene concept is in place and distance between visitors is guaranteed, events can take place - even with a larger number of spectators.”

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