Football players on the sidelines will no longer have to wear protective face masks during Bundesliga matches as the league eases upon its hygiene measures as they announced on Wednesday.
As fixtures in Germany’s top three men’s leagues and the women’s top-flight league continue to be played behind closed doors, the rules are to be relaxed across the board from this weekend.
As well as substitutes not having to wear masks during the games, the number of non-rights holders media allowed into matches will be raised from 13 to 26.
“The adjustments have been checked and accepted by the Federal Ministry of Labour,” said the German Football League (DFL) and German Football Association (DFB) in a joint statement.
“They are to apply until the end of the current season.”
The Germany’s top-flight league became the first European competition to resume in mid-May, after a long enforced break due to COVID-19, with strict procedures implemented including regular testing of players and club staff.
The new amendments stipulate that replacements and coaching staff on the sidelines, as well as club officials in the stands, will be able to take off their protective equipment once “they have taken their seats at a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the next person”.
Same procedure applies towards the fourth match official.
The DFL and DFB said that new regulations will also be applicable for the German Cup final to be held in Berlin on July 4.