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Rummenigge hopeful fans can return in the new year

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge remains hopeful that Bayern Munich will be able to see their fans return to the Allianz Arena in the new year.

Many sides in the Bundesliga were lucky enough to have their fans in the stands at the start of the season with the Covid pandemic showing signs of slowing down however, with a rise in the number of Covid cases, clubs were again forced to shut the stadium doors.

However, Bayern CEO Rummenigge has stated that the cleanliness of the club and the policy that they have in place will allow their fans to see their side when cases start to decrease in what will be a welcome boost to the German champions.

I think the whole world is waiting for the vaccine and hopes it will bring back a certain normality,” he said in an interview with Bayern’s club site.

“We at Bayern constantly adapt our hygiene concepts. We are constantly striving to optimise, 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 hopes German football can find solutions to the problems that have plagued it in the wake of the pandemic and is confident the league is well placed to recover next year.

“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.”

Rummenigge 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.”

Having fans back in the stands watching their club will be a sight for sore eyes in what has been truly an unprecedented year.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.