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Should the 2-G rule also apply to professional footballers? According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, the answer is clear.

Berlin – The acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has spoken out in favor of a 2G regulation for professional footballers. He thinks it is “absolutely right that whoever appears at work, whether in a restaurant or on the football field, should be vaccinated just as the others,” said the CDU politician in Berlin on Monday. In addition, there is “perhaps a special role model function, especially in professional football”.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and North Rhine-Westphalia state chief Hendrik Wüst (CDU) had discussed a 2G rule in professional football after the federal-state consultations on Thursday. With a strict application, only vaccinated and recovered people should be used, unvaccinated professionals such as national player Joshua Kimmich would then be condemned to watch.

Incomprehension about advances from politics

“That is basically the topic of 2G. It’s not about whether the individual footballer is vaccinated when he’s at home, ”said Spahn. The question is: “Is it actually correct that everyone in the stadium is vaccinated, only those on the pitch possibly not?”

According to the German Football League (DFL), the vaccination rate in the Bundesliga and second division is more than 90 percent. In the past few days there has been a great lack of understanding in parts of the league about the advance from politics.



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