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Watzke on second lockdown: "We at least need the 'ghost games'"

By Peter Vice

As the German Bundesrepublik awaits the release of the weekend's latest infection numbers (which generally tend to be a large batch) German footballing club representative step up their efforts to lobby against a second shutdown.

BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke had the strongest words over the weekend.

Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Hans-Joachim Watzke.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Finding himself in the ZDF studios after his club's 1-0 win over Hoffenheim this weekend, Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watkze brought up the topic of "populist football bashing." In the view of the Schwarzgelben's chief officer, an opinionated current threatened to unfairly provoke a new lockdown hiatus similar to that which took place last spring.


"If all of our fellow citizens had behaved in the same exemplary manner as spectators in [Bundesliga] stadiums have behaved thus far, we'd have significantly fewer worries," he noted. In praising the adherence to Hygiene of limited spectator contingents across the country, Watzke claimed that "not a single corona-case has been proven to result from the games thus far."

Watzke's blanket assertion is almost assuredly false, but it is at the very least true that no infection clusters from Bundesliga stadiums have been publicized.

Watkze, a CDU-member since the age of 16, took the opportunity to address Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent statement that "there are currently more important matters before the country than Bundesliga matches in front of spectators."

"Of course there are more important matters," Watzke argued, "but, it's not a question of importance. It's a matter of potential for danger, and this has not been evident in the games with limited spectators."

Watzke also added that Bundesliga clubs, "need to make money at some point" and warned that "insolvencies will result from a second lockdown."


The current infection rates almost certainly mean that all spectators will be shut out of all matches soon. It has already been revealed that Dortmund's Revierderby clash against Schalke next weekend will be a full Geisterspiel."

"We at least need the ghost games," he emphaized, "otherwise matters will get very tight."


Dortmund
(4-2-3-1)
1R. Bürki
24T. Meunier ↪80
16M. Akanji
15M. Hummels (C)
13R. Guerreiro
8M. Dahoud ↪71
6T. Delaney
7J. Sancho ↪77
19J. Brandt ↪77
32G. Reyna ↪71
9E. Haaland
Bench
35M. Hitz
11M. Reus ↩77
2Mate Morey ↩80
26Ł. Piszczek
10T. Hazard ↩77
20Reinier
22J. Bellingham
28A. Witsel ↩71
30F. Passlack ↩71
Schalke 04
(3-5-2)
23F. Rønnow
33M. Thiaw
26S. Sané
5M. Nastasić
2K. Ludewig
25A. Harit
6O. Mascarell (C)
10N. Bentaleb ↪56
24B. Oczipka
18G. Paciência ↪56
14R. Matondo ↪71
Bench
34M. Langer
9B. Raman ↩71
11V. Ibišević
15A. Kutucu ↩56
22S. Skrzybski
3H. Mendyl
17B. Stambouli
28A. Schöpf
40C. Bozdogan ↩56

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