Bremen City’s minister threatens Werder Bremen if fans gather at stadium

Ulrich Maeurer

BREMEN’s senator of the interior, Ulrich Maeurer, has threatened to forbid future Bundesliga matches of local club Werder Bremen during the lockdown period.

Maeurer said he would take that step if large numbers of fans gather outside the stadium during the Monday match against Bayer Leverkusen.

“If the games behind closed doors become a risk of infection because of the fans, a ban could become unavoidable. The risk of having to interrupt Bundesliga operations again is therefore high,’’ Maeurer, who is critical of the league restart amid the coronavirus crisis, said.

“Monday is crucial for us in Bremen. I have always made it clear I will not have hundreds of security forces break up a meeting and expose our police officers to an increased risk of infection.

“If a lot of fans come and then don’t follow social distancing rules, this would have consequences for the next game.”

Maeurer also insisted the whole team would have to go into quarantine for a fortnight if one member tested positive for the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

This is another scenario that could undermine the effort to complete the season. (dpa/NAN)

– May 15, 2020 @ 14:23 GMT |

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