Rummenigge discusses how the restart of the Bundesliga will affect German society, the daily routine of the Bayern Munich players and the transfer market this summer
By Husmukh Kerai
Last Updated: 05/06/20 21:32
The resumption of the Bundesliga season will make the weekend “easier for everyone” in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic, said Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bundesliga will resume on May 15 after the German government gave the green light to return to action.
The Bundesliga is the first of which major European leagues have been given permission to return to play since the coronavirus pandemic began. Two German neighbors, the Netherlands and France, have ended their season.
Rummenigge believes that the decision is an important step and one that can have a positive impact on society.
“FC Bayern feel very grateful, satisfied and happy. We have worked hard and long for this. With the green light from our politicians we have the requirements to restart the league. That is an important step for the Bundesliga.
“Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder said that a weekend with the Bundesliga is far better than a weekend without punishment. That sentence explains everything.
“We know that football is not systemically important. But football has meaning for the community. When we start playing in mid-May, that weekend will be easier for everyone.”
‘Bundesliga must be decided on the field, not like the Netherlands or France’
Rummenigge also praised the organizers for not choosing to end the competition as did their French and Dutch neighbors.
“It is important that the Bundesliga is decided on the field and not off the field as in the Netherlands or France,” he added.
“That leads to problems – who wins the championship, who qualifies for the Champions League, who will be relegated? That leads to dissatisfaction and legal problems.
“It’s good that the Bundesliga continues. It will have a big financial impact if the Bundesliga will stop. Great difficulties for all clubs.”
What preventive measures will Bayern take?
“[Bayern players and staff] will enter quarantine starting Saturday at a hotel in Munich. From then on, it will be guaranteed that the team with support staff spends all of their time among themselves.
“They will only leave the hotel to practice. It will last for one week, if the league continues on May 15 or 16. We will adjust to the DFL concept, which has been approved by the Ministry of Health, the Robert Koch Institute and the Ministry of Labor.”
‘Restart Bundesliga should not have an impact on transfers’
“If I’m honest – no [impact the transfer market].
“We have all worked hard to start this season again. Because of the contract issue we have to take into account. This is a lucky day for football, where I also want to thank politics.
“We now have another problem. This is a topic that we want to address and decide in the future.”