Only on Friday did Oliver Glasner suffer a disappointing 2-0 defeat in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt against Arminia Bielefeld. Due to the pandemic, Oliver Glasner has not yet been able to experience a game in front of a sold-out stadium with Eintracht. In an interview with “Bild am Sonntag” he was disappointed: “I keep watching the Premier League, I’ve also watched the wild card games in football: 93,000 spectators in Dallas, where the stadium is closed, no masks. So I ask myself why it works there and not here.”
Since December there has been a new decision by the prime ministers of the German federal states with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). There are strict access rules in the stadium. However, these are interpreted completely differently by the countries. In Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Thuringia, the games have to take place without spectators. However, due to the 50 percent regulation in Saxony-Anhalt, 1. FC Magdeburg can play in front of up to 15,000 spectators.
Glasner has no understanding for this rule: “As a Frankfurter, you could theoretically go to the stadium there, but not here. Someone please explain that to me,” said Glasner, who switched from VfL Wolfsburg to Eintracht Frankfurt before this season. The four most important professional leagues in Germany have joined forces and, before the next meeting of the federal and state governments, are writing to the Chancellery and the Prime Ministers to demand an end to blanket bans.