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Massimo Donati fears an Italian proposal poised to lock their fans out of football for another year.

And with German science chief Gerald Haug warning Bundesliga clubs may not get supporters back into stadiums for 18 months, punters in Scotland and across Europe face an anxious wait to discover when they can see action again.

Former Celtic midfielder Donati was stunned to hear a mention in his homeland about a lockout until March next year for the Serie A faithful.

The Kilmarnock coach said: “They could start again and play games but it was said stadiums would not open until that time.

“It’s not definite. But it would be terrible. Not just for Italy or Scotland, anywhere – football without fans is crazy.”

German chiefs are also desperate to start playing with or without fans to unlock vast remaining sums of money from TV broadcast contracts. 

Bundesliga clubs were given approval to have their players back in training this week in a first step towards resumption.

Bosses are due to meet again before the end of this week after Chancellor Angela Merkel updates her country on the coronavirus situation.

But Merkel described a study by their National Academy of Sciences as “very important”. 

And academy chairman Haug said: “It will certainly take months but it could just as well be a year and a half. It is not wise to let fans into the stadiums again before there is a vaccine.”

Cologne chairman Werner Wolf has backed Haug’s stance and does not think supporters will get back into matches for the rest of 2020. 

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He said: “Football without fans is a lot of work but not fun, although we hope it will continue either in the form of ghost games on the first or second weekend in May.”  

English football chiefs are determined to get going again, fans or not, and Ligue 1 bosses are aiming to restart their league by June 17 with the prospect of supporters being admitted virtually zero.  

But matches staged without fans for a lengthy period would be a fatal blow to some Scottish clubs, with many relying on matchday income. 

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor recently outlined the potential implications of long-term social distancing.

He said: “We haven’t gone on sale with season tickets. We believe, with social distancing and two metres around everyone, we might only get a 10th of our attendance in the stadium.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/italian-proposal-former-celtic-star-21867609

 
 

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50 minutes ago, skygod said:

Massimo Donati fears an Italian proposal poised to lock their fans out of football for another year.

And with German science chief Gerald Haug warning Bundesliga clubs may not get supporters back into stadiums for 18 months, punters in Scotland and across Europe face an anxious wait to discover when they can see action again.

Former Celtic midfielder Donati was stunned to hear a mention in his homeland about a lockout until March next year for the Serie A faithful.

The Kilmarnock coach said: “They could start again and play games but it was said stadiums would not open until that time.

“It’s not definite. But it would be terrible. Not just for Italy or Scotland, anywhere – football without fans is crazy.”

German chiefs are also desperate to start playing with or without fans to unlock vast remaining sums of money from TV broadcast contracts. 

Bundesliga clubs were given approval to have their players back in training this week in a first step towards resumption.

Bosses are due to meet again before the end of this week after Chancellor Angela Merkel updates her country on the coronavirus situation.

But Merkel described a study by their National Academy of Sciences as “very important”. 

And academy chairman Haug said: “It will certainly take months but it could just as well be a year and a half. It is not wise to let fans into the stadiums again before there is a vaccine.”

Cologne chairman Werner Wolf has backed Haug’s stance and does not think supporters will get back into matches for the rest of 2020. 

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He said: “Football without fans is a lot of work but not fun, although we hope it will continue either in the form of ghost games on the first or second weekend in May.”  

English football chiefs are determined to get going again, fans or not, and Ligue 1 bosses are aiming to restart their league by June 17 with the prospect of supporters being admitted virtually zero.  

But matches staged without fans for a lengthy period would be a fatal blow to some Scottish clubs, with many relying on matchday income. 

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor recently outlined the potential implications of long-term social distancing.

He said: “We haven’t gone on sale with season tickets. We believe, with social distancing and two metres around everyone, we might only get a 10th of our attendance in the stadium.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/italian-proposal-former-celtic-star-21867609

 
 

Armagedon?

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3 hours ago, skygod said:
Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor recently outlined the potential implications of long-term social distancing.

He said: “We haven’t gone on sale with season tickets. We believe, with social distancing and two metres around everyone, we might only get a 10th of our attendance in the stadium.”

 

We might end up being thankful for the larger stadium with plenty of space and empty seats.

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