Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would prefer that football matches be postponed rather than played behind closed doors.
A number of European matches this week are set to be played behind closed doors, including a Uefa Champions League fixture, Paris St-Germain versus Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday and Thursday’s Europa League games involving Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Having seen matches across other European Leagues played in empty stadiums, Guardiola feels it is only a matter of time before the Premier League is affected.
“If the people can’t come, there is no sense. We will follow what we have to do, but I wouldn’t like to do it without the people. Does football work without spectators?” Guardiola asked.
“We are conscious of it because it has happened already in Italy, the league is suspended, and in Spain the next two weeks are behind closed doors. It is going to happen here. The tendency rises at the same level as Italy before and in Spain right now,” he added
“The other issue you have to ask is, is it worse to play football without the spectators? We do our job for the people and if the people cannot come to watch us, there is no sense.
”I would not love to play matches in the Premier League or Champions League or the cups without the people,” concluded Guardiola.
By Ofhani Munyai