Fewer young people want to become soccer referees. They fear growing abuse and even physical attacks. In the lower divisions, in particular, referees are insulted, spat upon and threatened.
Spitting, racist abuse and physical violence — Cologne referees have gone on strike to protest against increasing violence among players. Many amateur league matches were canceled as a result.
The coronavirus pandemic looks set to have a lasting effect on football in Germany. Clubs could collapse, leagues could be restructured and even the 50+1 rule may come under threat. What does the future hold?
Robert Lewandowski scored yet again and Hansi Flick maintained his near flawless record as Bayern coach as the champions made a solid if unspectacular return to Bundesliga football.
Erling Haaland scored the first goal of the Bundesliga's new era, as Borussia Dortmund outclassed Schalke in front of an empty stadium. It was a strange occasion, but provided relief for football fans around the world.
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