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Bundesliga won’t survive if it remains suspended warns Dortmund boss3 min read

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Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke professes the Bundesliga will not be able to survive if the ongoing season does not restart in a few months.

The Coronavirus pandemic forced the league to be postponed but there are reports that Bundesliga would be started and played behind the closed doors from May 9.

There are currently 3,059,081 confirmed cases and 211,202 deaths from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak around the world and a total of 6061 deaths in Germany.

Coronavirus affected and ruined globally and the crisis is set to impact all the sports organizations financially as Borussia Dortmund CEO Watzke prompted to start the season as soon as possible.

Talking to Sky Tv Watzke told”If we don’t play in the next few months, all of Bundesliga will go under and then there wouldn’t be a league in the way we know it,”

“Of course, many fans say: ‘There’s no desire for it, it’s not on television’, that is perfectly clear, but it’s about saving football!

“We are doing everything we can to get back to work as normal, we don’t want any specific treatment, definitely not, but we don’t want to be at a drawback either.

“Football can play a vital role in society in such a situation like this, but that’s not the question, we have to do the best we can to avoid that someone says football has special treatment.

“We don’t want to start with a special spot, but, again, you can’t compare football with any other popular sports from around the world, we want to do our jobs.”

Borussia Dortmund was second in the points table just four points behind the German champions Bayern Munich in Bundesliga until Coronavirus pandemic forced the league to be suspended.

Jorg Radek, deputy chairman of the German Police Trade Union, recently said that the Bundesliga is completely wrong if they believe that banning supporters and the fans in the stadium is enough to ensure public safety from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Radek told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung “Maybe it is possible to control what is happening in the stadium. This does not apply to the public space in front of it. The stadiums become a potential target for fans who want to support their team,” 

“That would be disastrous. We can’t have large bunch of supporters and fans outside the stadium gates. It’s not only impermissible but it would be imprudent as well.

“It becomes relevant to the police at that moment, we then have to ensure that the requirements that currently apply to behavior in public space are complied with: the requirement of a distance of one and a half meters, the ban on the assembly of large groups, the wearing of masks. 

“We will have to step in terms of maintaining security and order if this is not guaranteed.

“I want to ensure that we as a police union are not basically against football games. 

“I can also understand the scenario for many people to stop watching old international matches or old Bundesliga games, but we must not forget the special situation that we are all in – this includes the police. 

“Games behind closed doors are a danger, even if the organizer does everything in the stadium that they could to ensure that hygiene regulations are observed in order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.

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