For the games, there will be strict controls, with 322 people present in the stadium. This includes 98 in the “interior” (players, coaching and medical staff), 115 in the stands (including media) and 109 more within the stadium perimeter (security, TV production staff).
Press conferences will be held virtually and sinks will be installed at regular intervals in working areas. The task force has also designed an 18-point plan to cover best practice on away trips, which includes banning players from communal buffets or wellness areas, directing them not to touch elevator buttons – elbows have been suggested as an alternative to the index finger – and even designating an optimal temperature and humidity level for the players’ rooms.
Bundesliga strike payment deals with domestic broadcasters
The DFL announced the development today (Thursday) as it laid out plans for a potential return to action in May, following the shutdown prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following an extraordinary general meeting, the DFL said that, after intensive discussions in recent weeks, it has “reached agreements with almost all national media partners regarding the expected payments”.
The statement continued: “In this way, the DFL will be able to provide liquidity to all clubs in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga gradually and depending on the further continuation of the season until the planned end of the season on 30 June.”
However, the DFL stressed that, if the season cannot start again or is cancelled, then “precise mechanisms will be used to return payments” to broadcasters.