Coronavirus: Not ending the Bundesliga will be an ‘absolute disaster’

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Modified April 18, 2020, 17:34 IST

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Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of Arabic Leipzig

Arabic Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaf believes that if the Bundesliga coroner virus epidemic ends the season, it will become a “final catastrophe”.

Germany has begun easing lockdown measures implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but large rallies will be banned until late August.

This decision effectively eliminates the possibility of the Bundesliga ending with stadium fans.

It is hoped that this can be done behind closed doors, and Mintzlauf sees it as a necessity to prevent several clubs from financially condemning the destruction.

In an interview with General Anzeiger, Mintzlauf said of not ending the season: “This will be a final catastrophe as it can lead many clubs to bankruptcy.

“We love the Bundesliga variety and every fan wants to keep it going. So we want to do our best to prevent this disaster.”

“We still believe that games can be implemented relatively quickly without the audience this To do this, we need to make sure that 200 to 300 people can go to the stadiums to ensure a smooth match day.

“We clubs were definitely asked to support the whole thing with our treatment departments, so next week’s DFL general meeting [German Football League] We will ideally reach conclusions about how we can play games without an audience.

“I hope the decision will be taken at the next Cabinet conference with the Chancellor on April 5th.”

Asked how the absence of fans would affect the games, he replied: “It will be exciting to see which teams can better deal with it and which teams lack support at the stadium.

“It will be an interesting story that we cannot predict because we have never had such a national experience before.”

Leipzig was third in the Bundesliga five points behind Ned Bayern Munich in nine games.

Julian Nagelsman’s team was one of the teams to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, beating Tottenham in the last 16 before stopping football across Europe.