The German Bundesliga is closing the stadiums again as the number of Covid-19 cases has increased. This is a major blow to fans and clubs in the major premier leagues, which have allowed fans to return to the games in person.
Fans were allowed to return to the stadiums in mid-September as the numbers indicated that Germany was doing better than many other countries in curbing Covid-19 infections, unlike countries like Spain and England where fans are not yet admitted to the elite -Matches.
Now the stadiums will be closed in line with the rest of the country, which will be partially closed from next week.
According to the new rules, the Bundesliga games will continue to be played without fans present. They will be played from November 2nd and will last until the end of the month.
In view of the dramatic increase in the number of corona infections, the federal and state governments in Germany have decided that all sports events in November – including the Bundesliga – will take place behind closed doors [dpa via Bild] pic.twitter.com/6Oom5GHQ8Q
– Bavaria & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 28, 2020
My god doesn’t scare me, I thought the games were canceled
– Leon ⁹ (@leonfcb), October 28, 2020
“At least it’s fair again,” replied one fan, citing local government restrictions that have resulted in some arenas being reopened to allow thousands of fans to watch matches while others have closed their doors.
“For a while it really looked like only the Bayern teams didn’t have fans in their stadiums.”
Some clubs in England are currently working to ensure that only a limited number of fans can return. This suggests research showing the virus is less likely to spread outdoors.
Many have suffered a severe financial blow due to the shortage of sales caused by the crowd ban. FIFA estimated in September that the total cost of the pandemic to sport would be more than $ 14 million.
We won’t see any more fans soon
– Hassan @ (@ Bayerno17) October 28, 2020
At least it’s fair again, for some time it really looked like only the Bayern teams didn’t have fans in their stadiums
– Michael_Korneder (@ MichaelKornede1) October 28, 2020
One of the richest clubs in the world, Manchester United, also announced a 19 percent drop in sales as former Champions League winners’ debts skyrocketed, partly due to the crisis.
Germany legend and Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
warned Tuesday that the league could “collapse” if the schedule is halted again.
“If the Bundesliga is blocked again and we are not allowed to play without fans, several clubs would gradually have to file for bankruptcy,” Rummenigge told SID.
“As a result, the Bundesliga threatens to collapse completely.”
Schalke, who has one of the largest fan bases in the country, and Werder Bremen were among the German clubs to admit they have to make up for book worries.
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