"That is an extra 1,500 kilometers": Schult criticizes DFB travel practice

The DFB chartered a plane from Lithuania for the national team’s trip to the World Cup qualifiers and back again. National player Almuth Schult is very critical of this partnership.

Is very critical of the flight partnership of the DFB: Almuth Schult.

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The German Football Association rented a plane from the Lithuanian airline, with which the association works, to travel to and from the previous World Cup qualifiers.

National player Almuth Schult is critical of this partnership. The question she asked herself was “why the DFB chartered an airplane from Lithuania, as it did at the EM”, wrote the 30-year-old goalkeeper in her column for the editorial network Germany (RND) with a view to the World Cup qualifier of the DFB selection in Iceland last Wednesday. “From Lithuania to Iceland, from Iceland to Germany and from Germany to Lithuania. That is more than 1,500 kilometers extra.”

Is it exemplary to put reducing costs above CO2 emissions?

The national goalkeeper asked: “Are we not talking more and more often – and fortunately also in football – about sustainability and more climate neutrality? Is it exemplary to put the reduction of costs above that of CO2 emissions and that as a well-to-do sports association?” This is a question “should also be asked by many clubs in which decisions are often made similarly”. Football wants to be a role model. “He has to implement it too,” wrote Schult.

Bumpy return flight – onward journey with replacement aircraft

The return flight of the men’s national team from Iceland caused a sensation because the charter plane that started in Reykjavik had to land at Edinburgh Airport with a large part of the crew on board due to a defective backup power generator. The return journey was continued in a replacement aircraft.

The DFB actually still has a contract with Lufthansa until 2022, but the association is currently using alternative offers. Last year, the German airline, which was badly hit by the corona pandemic, had to be rescued with a billion dollar package from the federal government. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff emphasized at the end of July that a continuation of the partnership should be discussed.

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