BERLIN – Bundesliga players and fans continued to prepare for the restart of the league's empty stadium on Sunday when defending champions Bayern Munich were preparing to become active again.
More than 1,000 Cologne fans lent jerseys and scarves for their team's 2-2 draw against Mainz in the stands. Elsewhere in the city, posters were shown that decode the restart, which some Cologne fan groups have sharply criticized.
Just like when the league was restarted on Saturday, substitutes and team members wore masks in the shelter, although not everyone followed the advice on "socially distant" celebrations.
The players from Cologne and Mainz marked their goals with restrained elbows, but the players and substitutes of the second division side Osnabrück were hugged after a goal in added time before jubilation to achieve a draw.
It was the first home game of the Bundesliga in 12 years for Cologne without the traditional live goat mascot. Rules prohibit mascots, so Hennes IX was held to his pen at the zoo, although it was briefly shown on a video screen before kick-off.
Bayern Munich will meet Union Berlin later on Sunday.
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Fan groups are divided over the restart, similar to German society in general. Many clubs have allowed fans to place banners in the empty stands for games. Some groups took the opportunity to call for changes in the way German football is run.
St. Pauli, a second division team with a largely left-wing fan base, played with a large banner on one side of the field on Sunday and read: “Football lives through its fans. Reform now. "On Saturday there was a banner in Augsburg:" Football will survive, your business is sick! "
Surveys by German radio stations before the restart consistently showed that more Germans were against the resumption of games than supported the plan.
Hertha Berlin faced a backlash against the practical celebrations of its players in the 3-0 win against Hoffenheim on Saturday. The influential Bavarian governor, Markus Söder, suggested that the players should have avoided physical contact like other teams did.
Hertha's coach Bruno Labbadia defended his players and said it was difficult to suppress emotions and players could not be treated "like a church choir". The league discourages players from celebrating together, but does not punish them if they do.