Berlin, February 8 (EFE). – The Social Democratic Party (SPD) today considered that football lives “alien to reality” by preserving the Leipzig-Liverpool match, instead of suspending or postponing it, after it was not declared. British players enter Germany due to the epidemic.
SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbel said after the decision to keep this party, but he was transferred to Budapest, “It would be a good sign if a decision was taken to postpone it or not to celebrate it. Competition is not the priority.”
The two teams and UEFA negotiated this compromise due to the situation that arose as Liverpool were not allowed to enter Germany in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, scheduled for February 16.
Since the end of January, travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal and Ireland have been banned from entering Germany due to fear of the spread of coronavirus variants.
The Hungarian Football Association offered its support for a solution and it was decided that the match would be held, on the specified date and time, at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Something similar is taking shape in the match between Borussia Monglengladbach against Manchester City, which will take place in eight days.
Klingbel, whose party is a partner in the conservative Merkel Bloc coalition, recalls that all citizens are required to restrict non-essential travel as much as possible. In the case of the United Kingdom, procedures were tightened, and travelers from that country were banned from entering.
Football seems to show that it is “living oblivious to the reality” of its citizens, according to the Social Democratic Party, if it is looking for solutions such as moving the party instead of suspending the trip, as the citizens do.