MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –
Source: Die Linke “After examining the health risks, we call for the greatest possible relaxation of the corona-related restrictions for sport. Of course, as in other areas of society, a sense of proportion is required. It should begin with outdoor sports activities, taking into account the distance and hygiene rules, both in mass and school sports as well as in top and professional sports. This explicitly includes rehabilitation and health sports as far as possible. In compliance with the rules and the development of the number of infections, access to bathing areas as well as to sports halls and swimming pools should be gradually and gradually given. As in the case of financial aid for sports associations and clubs, it would be desirable to have a largely uniform approach by the federal states. It is high time that the Federal Government and the Prime Ministers finally took up the sports issue, ”explains André Hahn, Deputy Chairman and Sports Policy Spokesman for the LEFT in the Bundestag, on the results of the advice given to the sports policy spokesmen for the LEFT in the Bundestag and the Landtag. Hahn continues: “It is understandable that direct contact, especially martial arts, as well as sporting events with a large number of spectators and the stay in so-called fun pools currently have to put back. This also applies to the number one sport in Germany, football. There cannot be a “Lex football”. So-called ‘ghost games’ without spectators are conceivable here, as in other sports, in the medium-term transition to normalcy. If there is approval from the federal and state governments, it must be ensured that all football fans have the opportunity to watch the games on free television or free of charge on the Internet, in order to gather fans near the stadium or private pay TV We also expect the German Football League (DFL) to spend at least a third of the television revenue from these ‘ghost games’ in a solidarity fund for women’s and girls’ soccer and the lower divisions, which currently have no income. The previously announced support amounts of 7.5 million euros for the third division and the women’s division are to be welcomed, but can only be a first step. The fact is: The 32 clubs of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga should collect 1160 million euros in television money this season, a not inconsiderable part of ARD and ZDF. The last installment – 304 million euros – is due to the interruption of game operations in March due to the Corona pandemic, depending on whether the remaining nine game days will be completed by June 30. In recent years, the DFL has rushed from record to record in terms of sales, profits and other key figures. Now the professional clubs of the top two leagues should show that they can also share in the current emergency. That would be an important signal to society. “
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