Hansa Rostock - Stuttgart

Germany: DFB Pokal
Hansa Rostock
Ostseestadion0-1Attendance: 24.000
Stuttgart H. Al Ghaddioui (19)

Rostock fans appear to flout rules, local officials still satisfied

By Peter Vice

A national debate as to whether the German Bundesrepublik needs federal standards for the re-opening of its sports venues has thus far largely been avoided. Proponents of stricter national rules got some ammunition on Sunday. What will happen in Dresden?

German fans celebrating.
German fans celebrating.© Arne Müseler / arne-mueseler.de / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Third tier German Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock definitely had a hygiene concept in place. That much is indisputable. What appears to have been an, at the very least, an incomplete execution of the plan currently sparks debate in Bundesrepublik. Rostock hosted VfB Stuttgart, losing 0-1 in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal.

Photos from the Ostseestadion confirm that 7,500 mostly stood shoulder-to-shoulder. Singing and shouting took place within close proximity. Masks were rarely observed. Local media also repeats clashes with the police involving pyrotechnics both pre-and-post match.

Nothing indicates that a ban on alcohol sales within the stadium was improperly executed. Some of the fan-law enforcement confrontations did involve beer bottles, suggesting that plenty of fans brought their own. Similar pictures and reports, though not nearly as many, emerged from Madgeburg and Cheminitz, who also allowed in thousands of fans.

Pictures making the rounds on social media notwithstanding, Hansa CEO Robert Marien declared himself satisfied with the crowd management inside the stadium. The executive also reported positive reviews from the local health department.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern minister-president Manuela Schwesig, who actually attended the match in person, spoke positively as well. "I witnessed a big step for these corona times," she is quoted as saying by Germany's Der Spiegel.

In principle, the mask-requirement did not apply to spectators so long as they were in their assigned seat. Fans were questioned outside the stadium as to their recent contacts, had their temperatures taken before they were allowed in, and could only enter with personalized tickets that clearly identified them.

If these aspects of the plan were executed properly, any outbreak cluster resulting from the match could presumably be traced. Many eyes in the Bundesrepublik now focus on Dresden, where as many as 10,000 fans could attend a DFB Pokal fixture this evening.

Hansa Rostock
1Markus Kolke
33Maximilian Ahlschwede
3Julian Riedel (C)
16Nils Butzen ↩76
27Nico Rieble
23Sven Sonnenberg
26Tanju Öztürk
10Korbinian Vollmann
21Jonas Hildebrandt
11Marco Königs ↩59
39Pascal Breier ↩76
22Alexander Sebald
18John Verhoek ↪59
2Frederik Lach
4Kai Bülow
7Nico Neidhart
14Max Reinthaler
15Adam Straith
6Mirnes Pepic ↪76
8Elsamed Ramaj ↪76
33Fabian Bredlow
28Holger Badstuber ↩46
4Marc-Oliver Kempf (C)
15Pascal Stenzel
24Borna Sosa
10Daniel Didavi
8Gonzalo Castro
16Atakan Karazor
23Orel Mangala ↩12
6Santiago Ascacíbar
27Mario Gómez ↩74
13Jens Grahl
7Tanguy Coulibaly
11Anastasios Donis
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↪12
5Nathaniel Phillips ↪46
21Phillipp Klement ↪74
31Mateo Klimowicz
36Luca Mack

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