UEFA president, Alexander Ceferin is certain “good old football with fans will come back very soon” despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Domestic and continental competitions were halted across Europe in mid-March due to the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has led to the 2019/20 extension campaign and the costly postponement of Euro 2020.
The Bundesliga made a successful return to action behind closed doors at the weekend. Many other leagues are in preparation to follow suit and resume in front of empty stadiums. In this context, the UEFA president, Ceferin is confident the situation will soon improve and fans will join players in the stadiums.
“I don’t think that this virus will last forever. I think it will change sooner than many think. We know more about the virus and in general, I’m an optimistic person.”
“I don’t like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third wave or even a fifth wave. People you know are likely to die one day. But do we have to be worried today? I don’t think so.”
“We are ready and we will follow the authorities’ recommendations. But I’m absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”
Ceferin thereof reported the situation at UEFA is “not that alarming” but says “there’s a lot of work still to be done” as it looks out for leagues and stakeholders.
The UEFA president does not think football will change forever as it “didn’t change after the Second World War or First World War”. For this reason, “football will not change because of a virus either.”
As everyone looks forward to the return of “good football,” the “new football” is here to stay for the time being.