"Despite sympathy for federalism with decentralized individual solutions, I consider the chosen path to be wrong with regard to the fierce competition with one another," wrote Rettig in a guest article for the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" (Thursday edition) with a view to the planned Mainz 05 game of RB Leipzig go in front of 8.500 spectators. Bundesliga games are "national games in which the same framework conditions should prevail everywhere".
“Imagine a relegation first leg as a ghost game in NRW at the end of the season - and the second leg in Saxony in front of a sold out house. The outcry would be great, ”said Rettig. He did not understand why the league could not wait until October 31 for "the result of the working group set up by the Prime Minister for a nationwide solution". The DFL missed a chance to "show the edge here". He added: "And RB Leipzig missed a good opportunity to show a special commitment to the solidarity community by voluntarily foregoing the officially approved spectator support in the stadium." the sporting chances must not depend on whether a club is located near a meat-producing company or in a federal state that is not so badly affected ”.