Football with fans will come back very soon – UEFA President

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president, has expressed his confidence that “good old football with fans will come back very soon”.

Club competitions, local and continental, have been put on hold across Europe since mid-March and the European Championships postponed.

The German Bundesliga made a successful return behind closed doors last weekend and other leagues are preparing to follow suit.

When asked whether he would bet a million dollars that Euro 2020 would be played in 2021, Ceferin said: “Yes, I would. I don’t know why it wouldn’t be.

“I don’t think that this virus will last forever. I think it will (change) sooner than many think.

“I don’t like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave.

“I’m absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon,” he said.

He further declared he did not expect the game to be profoundly changed by the coronavirus.

“Football didn’t change after the Second World War, or First World War, and it will not change because of a virus either,” he added.

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