Over the last weekend, Germany’s Bundesliga restarted their 2019/20 season with match day 26 after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic enforced break.
And under hygiene rules and social distancing, the matches had to be in empty stadiums without the fans. A big hats off to the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the clubs of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, who have worked out a detailed plan and implemented it to allow professional football to restart despite Dynamo Dresden having to be taken out of the system due to a Corona outbreak at the club.
But on the other side one of the strengths of German football, the fans were not allowed into the stadium and that factor was surely missing from the games. Watching the live games on television felt like a lower division amateur game with no spectators at the venues.
Given the situation due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the DFL was left with no other option then to restart the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 to ensure the future of their clubs as reports in the German media stated that up to 13 clubs were in danger of financial crisis or even collapse.
That in the end led to the restart, which succeeded but German football fans were locked out of these games due to an unseen global Corona pandemic.
And this decision is still being questioned in Germany, be it football fan or not, why in such trying times football is taking priority over other much more important things.
This unexpected reaction across Germany came as a massive surprise then the DFL and the Bundesliga 1/2 clubs thought that they had the fans behind them with the restart and that was not the fact. Many fans were and still are sceptical if the season will be finished and one will see how this all develops. The question is, has the damage been done to the strong relationship between German football clubs and their fans or not.