The DFB wants to give away free tickets for the next home game of the DFB eleven. It is still unclear whether the tickets will also be distributed for the test match against Turkey.
The German Football Association wants to distribute free tickets exclusively for the next possible home game of the national team with spectators. These tickets should be given to people who have “helped others in the Corona pandemic”. This was announced by the DFB on Sunday. Whether the campaign will be implemented at the test match against Turkey on Wednesday in Cologne depends on whether the city’s health authorities allow fans to attend the match.
“With a free ticket campaign, the likes of which have never been seen before at the DFB, we want to give all those who have to do without a lot during the pandemic a few hours of joy and variety through soccer and say thank you,” DFB President Fritz Keller was quoted in a press release.
The DFB wanted to say “THANK YOU. To all those who have worked for others during the Corona pandemic and not only thought of themselves. And it wants to give joy. With a visit to the stadium,” a press release went on to say. All fans can apply for free tickets online at the DFB ticket store from Monday, 12.00 noon, under the known reservations.
The DFB is planning for the game to be played with 9200 spectators, which means that the arena will be used to 20 percent capacity. Only 300 fans were allowed into the stadium for the Bundesliga game between 1 FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach (1:3) on Saturday. The first Cologne home game against 1899 Hoffenheim (2:3) took place two weeks ago without spectators due to too high infection numbers.
If no fans are admitted on Wednesday either, the DFB’s action will be made up for either on October 13 in the Nations-League game against Switzerland, also in Cologne, or in one of the other home games this year on November 11 against the Czech Republic or November 14 against the Ukraine, both in Leipzig.
“It would of course be nice to be able to recreate this shared experience with spectators for the national team, especially since we have big plans for the next international matches,” said DFB Director Oliver Bierhoff.