Shortly before the club World Cup final, FC Bayern announced that midfielder Thomas Müller had tested positive for Corona.
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Bayern won the cup with a 1-0 win anyway.
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Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the game.
This afternoon, the 31-year-old is flying back to Germany by private jet, according to “Bild”.
Last night at 11.35 p.m., an ambulance plane landed at Munich Airport. Despite the late hour, there was still a lot going on on the tarmac:
The customs police were there and also a mobile medical team who boarded the plane as soon as it opened the doors. About ten minutes later, a person got out in a white full body suit with white shoe covers, wearing a corona mask, the luggage in a garbage bag.
The plane came from Qatar and Bayern professional Thomas Müller got off. He then got into the waiting van with driver and disappeared into the night.
A few hours before the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar, Bayern Munich announced on Thursday: Thomas Müller had the corona virus. After Javi Martinez (32) and Leon Goretzka (26), he was the third Bayern player to be absent from the game against UANL Tigres from Mexico due to the corona. Material for the critics who doubt the meaning of this Club World Cup in Qatar and who have general reservations about the frequent travel of the football clubs across the globe, as if there was no pandemic and everything was fine.
But the German record champions were not deterred by such critical objections and brought the World Cup back to Munich with a sovereign 1-0 victory. Müller was not allowed to fly home with the team. He had to, or rather was allowed to make the 5500-kilometer journey by ambulance plane. He was isolated in the private jet, with no contact with the pilot or the crew. But still better than being isolated on the spot in Qatar. Now he has to go into a ten-day quarantine in Germany. This means that he will be out for at least the next two Bundesliga games.
At least in terms of health, the 31-year-old doesn’t seem to be doing too badly: “He’s a little tired, but I think that’s normal when you get such a diagnosis, a lot goes through your head,” says coach Hansi Flick afterwards Game on Thursday. He is hoping for a quick return of his attacking player: “Now we have to see how we can get him back as soon as possible.” Understandable, because in the Champions League round of 16 against Lazio Rome on February 23, Bayern do not want to do without their second-best scorer.
Special treatment for football
Before Müller even got on the plane to Germany again, heated discussions at home about the special treatment of professional football during the coronavirus pandemic flared up. In an interview with the SID news agency, handball league boss Frank Bohmann said: “I expect the health authorities to treat all professional athletes equally”. It sounds similar with sports medicine specialist Wilhelm Bloch: “I would like the same rules to apply in all ball sports.”
Reason for the heated tempers: While games are regularly canceled and teams are quarantined in the ice hockey or handball leagues, for example, this has not yet happened in the Bundesliga this season despite several coronaviruses.
The authorities would “perhaps think three times more about sending a team into quarantine and thus canceling a Bundesliga game than a handball, third division or basketball game,” complains Basketball Bundesliga boss Stefan Holz. He doesn’t mind the fact that no games have yet been canceled in the Bundesliga, but Holz would still like to know why football is more likely to be spared quarantine measures than other sports. (Tim)
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