Bundesliga will go under if football is not resumed soon: Dortmund CEO Watts

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Changed 27 April 2020, 06:04 IST

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watz

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed that the Bundesliga will “go under” if the season does not resume in the next few months.

The coronavirus epidemic forced the Bundesliga to suspend last month, but the league is expected to be allowed to play behind-the-scenes games from May 9, although concerns have been raised that fans may gather outside the stadiums.

More than 5,900 people have died in Germany, and more than 200,000 COVID-19 casualties worldwide.

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc worldwide and the crisis is set to affect sports and companies financially as Dortmund CEO Watts calls for a quick re-launch.

“If we don’t play in the next few months, all will go under the Bundesliga and then no league will be formed as we know it,” Watzke told Sky TV.

“Of course, a lot of fans say: ‘It has no will, it’s not on television’, that’s pretty clear, but it’s about saving football!

“We are trying our best to get back to work. We don’t want any special treatment, of course we don’t, but we don’t want to be in any difficulty.

“Football can play a relevant role in society, but that’s not the question, we have to do our best to avoid anyone having special treatment for football.

“We don’t want to start with a particular position. However, you can’t compare football with other popular sports. We want to do our job.”

Dortmund were second in 25 games and four points behind defending champions Bayern Munich when the Bundesliga were suspended.