Former manager of the Arsenal football club, Arsene Wenger has stated that football games being played behind closed doors will cause harm to the sport. Arsene Wenger also insisted that closed dorr games should only be a short-term solution and not a long-term plan of action.
It is notable that Bundesliga became the first league across Europe’s top five leagues to resume their campaign after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for two months. Bundesliga resumed with using draconian hygiene guidelines, regular testing of players and insisting on games in near-empty stadiums. Hugging, embracing and handshakes were also banned.
Arsene Wenger has now stated that football games in empty stadiums will cause a lot of damage to the game if applied in the longer run.
Arsene Wenger Opens Up On Football Behind Closed Doors
“Will it survive long-term? Will it damage the show long-term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” he said. “But it can be a short-term solution, not a long-term one. You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution.” Arsene Wenger added.
“It is still the best possible way to get a verdict for the end of the season. It’s better than any other decision,” he further stated.
Currently Premier League Should Take Place In Empty Stadiums: Arsene Wenger
Wenger said, “We don’t have the medication for people to go to the stadiums in mid-July. You have some examples in Italy where [fans at] games provoked a disaster.”
“We can’t be guided too much by financial reasons and take such a big gamble. We have to first make sure this is medically safe,” Arsene Wenger concluded.
The Premier League in England is also eyeing a return to global footballing action alike the Bundesliga. It is in talks with the government and soon there might be a lot of happening in the European footballing circuit after the long onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
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