Solidarity. That is what it is currently about. The solidarity of the many that should protect the old and weak of a society. "The corona crisis challenges us. It is up to us whether solidarity internally and externally prevails – or the selfishness of 'everyone for himself'," said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier t-online. And what does football do?
On Sunday evening, Hans-Joachim Watzke was in a special broadcast of the Sports show to guest. When asked whether it would make sense that training at BVB should be canceled, he said: "No, that can not make sense. We have to do everything under the premise that we will return to normal at some point." When it later turned to the extent to which the larger clubs could support the smaller ones in such an emergency situation, Watzke said: "We are competitors and a commercial enterprise. At the end of the day, the clubs that have been there in recent years cannot worked well, reward those who didn't. "
At the end of the day, that's a manager phrase. It is often used to formulate an allegedly irrefutable certainty, but usually testifies to a limited world view of the speaker. "At the end of the day, it's about finance," said Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the end of last week. A statement that, in view of the increasing number of infections and dying people, only caused a shake of the head in many places.
This is the solidarity of professional football, it seemed at least initially: not available; not among themselves; least of all to the rest of society. Watzke also found that that virus rather harmless for the athletes. Which is true, his millionaire squad may have less health concerns than others. But that is not the point. The spread of the virus should be stopped so that it is not dangerous for the old and the sick.
Many in German Soccer have something to say haven't done well in the past few days. The unworthy yawning alone towards the end of last week, when it was decided within a few hours that it would be played – and then not. While action had long been taken in other areas of society, the football bosses were the last to refuse reality. They showed no efforts to influence society, even to go ahead and thus perhaps also to persuade people to do enlightened action that only football can achieve. They talked primarily about money and thus exposed themselves. This is how the worst of the sport comes to light.
When the representatives of the 36 professional clubs met in Frankfurt am Main on Monday – in an actual meeting, by the way, not via video communication, as large and small companies have long done – the first thing was about when you could play again, and not how the smaller clubs can be helped. Even if DFL boss Christian Seifert said: "There is more at stake than a few soccer games."