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Bayern's Rummenigge positive about fans returning to stadiums in 2021

Sun 27 December 2020 | 18:54

The German icon looking forward to having the fans once again into the Allianz Arena in the new year

Bayern Munich

president

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

is hopeful about the possibility of fans getting back to Bundesliga fixtures in 2021. 

German clubs let the fans back into their arenas toward the beginning of the season after the first Covid-19 wave, however had to hold the matches behind closed doors again in November after an ascent in cases. 

Yet, Rummenigge trusts the club's sanitation guidelines will guarantee the safety of the supporters to come back when the time is right. 

“I think the whole world is waiting for the vaccine and hopes it will bring back a certain normality," he told the club's official website.

"We at Bayern constantly adapt our hygiene concepts. We are constantly striving to optimize, to be ready for when the time comes that it’s once again possible to visit the stadium without worrying about your health.

"Predictions are difficult. I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll once again have spectators back in the Allianz Arena over the course of the year."

Rummenigge wishes for German football to discover answers for the issues that have tormented it in the wake of the pandemic and is sure

Bundesliga

is very much positioned to recuperate one year from now.

"The economic damage is enormous, but our industry is even more seriously affected by the fact that our fans aren’t allowed into stadiums because of this virus," he said.

"Because at the end of the day, it’s about exciting people. I really hope 2021 will soon bring solutions, for football but above all for society as a whole."

He added:

“The Bundesliga on the whole has dealt relatively well with this crisis. We developed a concept and strategy early on. Our restart last spring drew attention from around the world. That was important as a sign that things are moving forward.

"The economic damage is more severe for the bigger clubs because they have higher running costs. For example, there has still been no correction in the salary structure for the top players. Those who reach for the top shelf still have to accept spending a lot.

"On the other hand, transfer spending has halved compared to previous years. We’re not experiencing absurd sums like we did two years ago, and I doubt whether the amounts will ever reach such dimensions again.

"In principle, that’s good because very few fans had any understanding for those astronomical sums. Neither did we at Bayern, by the way, which is why we have stayed away from it all as far as possible.”

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