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2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Bundesliga CEO Seifert says Bundesliga ready to resume on May 9 pending government approval] The Bundesliga is ready to resume, no matter whether it’s on May 9 or a later date. But it’s not up to us to find a date. The political decision makers decide. We have not defined an exact date today. The fact that we are even able to think about resuming games underlines the performance of the German authorities. It would be presumptuous for the DFL to name an exact date for the restart

[Questions have been asked as to whether resuming football would put an unnecessary strain on medical authorities in terms of personal protection and testing equipment] Professional football would not even consume 0.4 percent of the available testing capacity in the country

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Christian Seifert said the governing body is working towards playing fixtures behind closed doors] The Bundesliga is ready to resume, no matter whether it’s on May 9 or a later date, but it’s not up to us to find a date. The political decision makers decide. We have not defined an exact date today. The fact that we are even able to think about resuming games underlines the performance of the German authorities. It would be presumptuous for the DFL to name an exact date for the restart

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[League want to restart on May 9, but Angela Merkel needs to give green light. Seifert has admitted that] the health of the nation always comes first. If necessary, we will have to stop testing and playing

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Bundesliga resumption without fans not ideal but necessary] Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga. It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner. Games without stadium spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. However, during a crisis, which threatens the very existence of some clubs, it is the only way to preserve the leagues in their present form. I would like to thank the political decision-makers at the state and federal levels for placing their confidence in us

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[German football chief determined to press on despite Dresden quarantine] I found out about it this afternoon. It is precisely the idea that corona cases will be forwarded to the health department and they will then talk about the appropriate measures, and we have already said that we have to prepare for this. I have not spoken to any responsible person. It’s 14 days in quarantine and then we’ll have to see how we’re going to run the Dynamo Dresden games next week

The medical experts followed the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute. And the sports ministers also advocated that quarantine should be announced in the event of positive cases. We always said: this is decided by the local health authorities. At the moment I wish it could have gone differently, of course, but it was clear that this could happen. For the second division it means that two games will be cancelled at the moment, but we are not changing the goal, the only plan is still to finish the season. It does not yet mean that the 2.Bundesliga cannot continue, because only two games have been affected so far, but it is clear that, if it happens enough, it would no longer be possible to end the season

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[German Football League (DFL) managing director Christian Seifert says he was really pssed off at Salomon Kalou for flouting coronavirus social distancing guidelines]</b> I was really pssed because hundreds of people worked tens of thousands of hours to make it possible to continue the season. I was upset, too. But the club reacted accordingly and the player apologised, so I don’t want to kick him publicly again. This should have been a last wake-up call

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Christian Siefert has praised Borussia Dortmund for beating the biggest clubs in Europe to the signing of Erling Haaland] Any great player leaving is a loss. But I’ll ask you: if he’s so good then why is he at Dortmund? It’s easy now to admire a player who is already at the focus of worldwide attention. The hard thing is signing him before that happens. Dortmund did that, again doing an excellent job

Football is a collective sport, it’s not like basketball. La Liga had the two best players in the world for a decade, which has never happened. It was a success for them, but I’m happy with our progress in Germany

We haven’t risked the health of the general public or stolen tests from anyone. If we could start the league on our own resources and without asking the state for money, then why not do it? On top of that, Germany loves football - 80 million people had the virus in their heads, so we helped to forget it a little bit. We just want to be treated like any other industry

2020 05 21b Retrieve

[Christian Seifert has revealed Bundesliga restart following coronavirus shutdown was necessary for clubs’ survival] I’m responsible for 36 small and large companies that had their activity interrupted and needed to restart. To have no income for two months is dangerous. A lot of those companies are 100 years old, so I had to guarantee their survival. We haven’t risked the health of the general public or stolen tests from anyone. If we could start the league on our own resources and without asking the state for money, then why not do it? On top of that, Germany loves football. Eighty million people had the virus in their heads, so we helped to forget it a little bit. We just want to be treated like any other industry

We’ve received a lot of compliments from around the world and a lot of leagues are interested in our protocol and organisation, so that is a great honour. The sooner sport returns, the better it is for society

[Having been strongly linked to Real Madrid of late, Seifert feels Dortmund deserve credit for signing the Norwegian teenager when they did] It’s easy now to admire a player who is already at the focus of worldwide attention. The hard thing is signing him before that happens. Dortmund did that, again doing an excellent job.