The National League postpones playoff start

The Playoff Start is, for the time being, at least on the 17. March moved. This is the only load-bearing the decision to the football League in Assembly. The

The National League postpones playoff start

The Playoff Start is, for the time being, at least on the 17. March moved. This is the only load-bearing the decision to the football League in Assembly.

The Playoff and relegation round of the National League does not start definitely this Saturday. This is the extraordinary League Assembly decided today is Monday. After the Federal Council had banned all events with more than 1000 persons, have been held in the last two rounds of qualifying in front of empty stands. More mind games want to prevent the League and the club representatives.

Vaucher had visited last Friday and Saturday, the spirit of the games in Bern and Lugano. "What I've found, makes no Fun. It is grotesque, if in the ice hockey the hottest Phase is played without any emotions next to the field. Our Fans are in addition to the players the most important part of our sport," he said. The financial implications for the club would be immense, he said. "The cost nevertheless, the yields are virtually zero. If it goes on like this, add up the losses by up to seven-digit amounts." The epidemic law close state allocations from. The event should last a ban on longer, would turn the perpetrators to the authorities. "But the prospect of success, I think it is low," said Vaucher.

"We're all in the same boat"

With the TV-partners and sponsors had already been spoken, he said. "We're all in the same boat. We are together in the crisis, and this crisis we have to face together." Over other scenarios was discussed at the League Assembly were Decisions made but not met. "Therefore, we are not able to answer the question of whether there will be a master, at the present time," said Vaucher.

when it starts really, it is not yet clear. The leaders of the League and the Clubs want to re-confer (by telephone or a further extraordinary meeting), if the Federal Council has decided how it will be after the 15. March goes on, and whether or not the big event ban remains in place or is repealed. This prohibition should not be extended on the part of the authorities, to start the Playoff quarter-finals in the National League, the Playoff semi-finals in the Swiss League, as well as the Ranking Round in both leagues on Tuesday, 17. March. A custom game data plan will be published in due course. Designs are already available.

Worst-Case scenarios still open

scenarios for the Worst Case, of the due to the current development in the country more is to be expected, as a sedative, were discussed at the meeting. But still no decisions in this direction, taken. "These we will take, if they should be needed. Our primary goal is to play in this season is still football and with viewers," said League Director Denis Vaucher.

Also, the Assembly has not taken any decisions, what will happen if a player or other club should infiszieren representatives with the Coronavirus. "We would also decide, then, what to do, if this were the case, and then look at whether the entire team would have to be put under quarantine," says Vaucher.

On the steps of the U-20 and U-17 ice hockey championship until Further notice according to the game plan and to the exclusion of spectators, or according to the cantonal requirements to continue. Vaucher: "The hockey may not be at a complete standstill, normal life must go on somehow."

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Created: 02.03.2020, 13:06 Uhr

Updated Date: 03 March 2020, 00:03

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