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Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick addresses decision to allow families in team hotel before authorities crack down

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Flick knows what his players need, but the local authorities came in to shut things down.

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Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick reflected on his decision to open up the team hotel to the partners and families of his players.

For Flick, it was an easy call because he knows the level of professionalism that the players on his squad.

“A lot has changed. It used to be said that you have to focus on football for 24 hours. My players are very professional and performance-oriented, they have proven that,” said Flick (as captured by Tz). “The players came up to us. We clarified everything in advance. I’m a family man, that’s a nice thing. The national players have their families with them, whom they won’t see for weeks afterwards because of the EM. It’s good to switch off a bit, it’s easier with children.”

It was a bold and player-friendly move for Flick and it certainly shows why so many players value the relationship they maintain with the sextuple-winning manager.

Unfortunately, the local authorities have stepped in to thwart Bayern’s arrangement (per Abendzeitung): .

The Bayern stars have to get along in the quarantine training camp in Grassau am Chiemsee from now on without their families who have traveled with them - because there is a violation of the Corona rules. This was announced by the responsible district office in Traunstein early on Friday evening at the request of the “Münchner Merkur”.

“All persons who are not absolutely necessary for the implementation of the training operations have to leave the hotel today”, the office made it clear that this had also been communicated to FC Bayern and the hotel operator.

It is true that the quarantine training camp is “basically possible for professional athletes according to the current regulations. It is not allowed, however, for relatives to be accommodated in the hotel who have nothing to do with the implementation of the training.”

Even more, there could be some penalties headed Bayern Munich’s way:

A more detailed examination of the facts is now in progress, “if violations are found, they will be punished consistently.