Dortmund’s Cramer: Bundesliga would get in big problems without a re-start


Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Carsten Cramer admits that they are pleased “football is coming back” even though Bundesliga matches will be played behind closed doors which is not ‘ideal’ but it’s better than nothing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bundesliga will become the first big football league in the world to return to competition this weekend. “We are relieved football is coming back,” Cramer told BBC Sport.

Cramer says Germany’s top-flight resuming is imperative for the financial future of the league and the clubs.

“We are relieved and satisfied we can restart because without a restart not only Dortmund, but the Bundesliga would get in really big problems,” – Cramer.

“A positive test won’t be a catastrophe as long as we have the rules and recommendations for how to get along with it.

“The moment they say ‘Dortmund, you have too many positive tests’ we have to make a decision. Right now, we have always had negative tests,” he added.

Dortmund’s managing director went on to state that police will be on patrol across all venues to ensure that spectators don’t gather during matches.

“We’d never prefer to play without spectators but in a crisis like this, without any alternative, going behind the curtain is better than no games.

“I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m very sure this won’t become a problem. There will be security and police around the stadium. In Germany it’s still forbidden to be outside with more than three people,” concluded Cramer.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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