BAyern Munich is apparently testing its soccer players twice a week for corona infection. This emerges from a statement by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. The CEO of FC Bayern speaks of those two tests a week and cutbacks among the players.
A corresponding test rhythm is a basic requirement for the Bundesliga to be able to play ghost games. However, the tests are considered unthinkable if this would require the urgently needed laboratory capacity. Since laboratory capacities for corona tests are currently unused in Germany, according to the association “Accredited Laboratories in Medicine”, for example, the tests are probably unproblematic.
“Even if the 36 clubs would test their staff with 40, 50 people every two days, we are still under half a percent of the test capacity. In absolute numbers, it is so low that it would simply be a part of it locally, ”said board member Evangelos Kotsopoulos of the“ Bild newspaper ”. The professional association sees this as “completely unproblematic”.
In order to prevent new chains of infection in Bundesliga games, the professionals could be tested for the corona virus before their matches in the league. The executive board of the professional association, Michael Müller, said: “The available test capacities currently exceed the need for care significantly. There is still potential for additional tests. ”The top German division is currently suspended until April 30th.
Rummenigge’s interview could, however, also be read in such a way that the procedure is carried out uniformly at all Bundesliga clubs by the Task Force, a medical commission set up by the DFL to deal with the corona crisis. However, this is not the case, as the DFL emphasizes when asked. The task force is still working on the medical concept that the association announced on March 31. According to information from FAZ.NET, other Bundesliga clubs are not yet regularly testing.