More and more clubs are relying on the so-called 2G regulation these days. If only vaccinated and convalescent people are allowed into the stadiums, they can be used to a greater extent. What many clubs and fans justifiably view as positive, on the other hand, excludes demonstrably healthy, because tested viewers. One can see that as a dichotomy. A comment.
2G or 3G, that is the question. A question that is also currently affecting German football. Some clubs are currently changing saddles or are planning to do so. They want to rely on the 2G model in their stadiums through new corona regulations. In short: with very few exceptions, only those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated have access – as a rule, there is a noticeably higher capacity.
This is where the two things come together that are at least felt to be the most emotionally discussed in Germany. First the corona policy, including the regulations and prohibitions. In addition, the football. So everyone has their opinion as to whether they consider switching to 2G to be the right thing to do or whether they consider the 3G model to be more compatible and also safe.
Usually a comment deals with one of these directions because it supports it. But not in this case. At the moment I am still undecided which approach I personally find better or fairer.
And not because I dealt with the Corona numbers, developments or worries too little or too late. Not even because I don’t understand that the stadiums should be full again. Both are certainly not the case.
In the football industry, it is far more likely that I cannot make a judgment on this question because my views on this subject speak against each other and clash.
There is the view of the clubs. With the 2G rule, they can continue to utilize their stadiums. Werder Bremen, for example, has the prospect of full capacity in the near future. From a financial point of view alone, it is undoubtedly necessary to accept this perspective and implement it as best as possible.
Many fans are also in favor of these regulations. Also from a financial club point of view, but also because some feel much more secure. You may or may not criticize that, but not a few people have this feeling. The vaccinations pave the way out of this pandemic and thus the way into the stadium. From a moral and medical point of view, this is definitely an understandable consideration.
Yes, people who have been vaccinated can also infect other people. But it is just less likely and therefore safer at the same time. And if the admission only takes place according to the 2G rule, even in the generally rather rare case of infection (keyword fresh air) hardly any severe courses are to be expected. Visiting the stadium becomes safer.
But there is not just this medical perspective. 2G does not allow tested fans into the stadium – the respective exceptions are put aside. First of all: I personally see no reason to turn down these very effective vaccinations if you can get them. I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Nevertheless, people who have been proven to be healthy, because they have been tested and who have made this free decision differently, are denied entry.
That is a fact that is on the other side of my balancing act on this issue. Of course, the clubs benefit from the 2G rule: the vast majority have already been vaccinated or have recovered and there is a chance to at least partially stop the financial losses caused by empty stadiums. In addition, it is their house right and a visit to the stadium is not an everyday must. That too is perfectly understandable.
But even if there are the exceptions mentioned: one way or another, healthy people will be locked out. Even literally. I cannot support your decision not to be vaccinated at all. However, it is not an obligation and the fan concerned is verifiably (through a test) healthy (!) – how could I want to deny him entry? Just because I don’t support him in his decision doesn’t mean that I can’t stand up for his freedoms.
For me it’s a lot of wobbling. Sometimes more towards 2G regulations, sometimes I tend to leave the stadiums in 3G mode. And again: it is perfectly legitimate and normal, especially from the club’s point of view, to prefer the variant that allows a higher capacity.
One could even argue that with 3G football could now be enjoyed at full capacity again. Without a gap, without masks, but with cheers – as in some other countries. After all, anyone who wanted could now accept a vaccination offer. But that would be a step too far on this topic and no longer a pure football debate.
Who knows – maybe one or the other soccer fan is also stuck with this 2G or 3G question …