The Bundesliga protocols which could impact Newcastle United on their Premier League return

The measures and protocols put in place by German football for its return

By Joel Sked
Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 1:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 3:53 pm
Schalke subs sit apart with face masks. Picture: Getty
Schalke subs sit apart with face masks. Picture: Getty

Newcastle United are back in training ahead of a return to action to finish the Premier League season.

When they do take to the field again it will, of course, be a completely different environment.

Football in Germany has been taking place for a few weeks now and their measures and protocols have allowed for a safe return.

Balls have to be disinfected. Picture: Getty

With that in mind, we look at what has been implemented and what it could mean for the Magpies.

Training

As has been seen in the English Premier League already, notably at Arsenal, players are advised to arrive ready to train in their kit. They don’t shower at the ground and many clubs provide lunch to takeaway.

Bayer Leverkusen have sent out texts to players in the morning with questions surveying how they are feeling to determine whether they should train.

Media have had to get creative. Picture: Getty

Testing

Players in Germany are tested twice a week which includes a test the day before a game. They also have their temperature taken on the day of the game.

If any player or member of staff tests positive it falls on the local health authorities in Germany to decide what happens next.

Last month 2.Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden had two players test positive for coronavirus which saw the club enforce a two-week isolation period for players and management.

Clubs also began testing family members.

Quarantine

A week before the resumption of the Bundesliga, clubs underwent a week-long quarantine at their team hotels or venues which would cater for their needs.

It essentially acted as a seven-day training camp.

Public transport and visitors

Players were told not to use public transport, follow social distancing guidelines and not have visitors to their home to minimise the risk of contracting the disease.

Arrival on game day

There are specific guidelines in place with teams told to stagger their arrival to the ground 90 minutes before kick-off. Players arrive in different buses to allow them to sit far enough apart to adhere to social distancing. Alternatively players can arrive on their own in their own car.

Everyone in attendance at matches is required to undergo a temperature check.

The 213

The plans drawn up to allow German football allow for only 213 people to be in the stadium but only 98 at pitch-side, which includes 22 players, 18 substitutes, 20 coaching staff, three hygiene staff, four medical staff, three photographers, four ball boys, four security, five officials and 15 VAR technicians.

Those in the stands include police, analysts, media, clubs staff and stadium operators.

A further 109 people are permitted outside the ground, from security to ground staff.

30 disinfected balls

The ball boys will play an important part. They are tasked with disinfecting the 30 balls which are used.

Face masks and distancing

Coverings and social distancing measures are essentially required at all times except on the pitch. Players have to wear face masks on arrival and in the changing room.

Substitutes and coaching staff need to wear coverings on the bench and sit five feet apart.

Referees

In Germany match officials are tested the day before matches. On game days only the fourth official is required to wear a face mask.

Celebrations

The league had to issue a reminder to players and clubs last month about celebrations or getting too close to team-mates. Former Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata got too close to a Hertha Berlin team-mate at one point.

They requested players refrain from hugs and facial contact during celebrating goals.

Tapping feet or elbow bumps have been popular after goals and after matches.

Socially distant interviews

Understandably there have been no mixed zones in place. Players have been interviewed remotely or from a distance.