The German Football Association president Fritz Keller expects that the clubs will go bankrupt because of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, but he still hopes to complete the season behind closed doors.
“I don’t think the German football landscape will be the same after the coronavirus crisis,” Keeler told Phoenix Radio Thursday.
“We will miss some, and I think the longer it takes, the more bankruptcy we see in professional football.”
Looking at the Bundesliga clubs facing such a fate, he said, “we cannot rule This out, the longer the game stops, it is likely that unfortunately, we will reach this scenario.”
“It is in the second degree, and it looks worse in the third degree,” he added, noting that amateur clubs may also collapse.
The sports magazine “kicker” showed last week that four clubs from the first division (Bundesliga) and nine clubs of the second degree may be declared bankrupt by June.
Keeler called for help from the federal states and said that everything depends on the speed of the resumption of major leagues, as the clubs will guarantee a large income from television broadcasts if they complete the season.
He reiterated that it will hold the matches behind closed doors only if the relevant authorities in the country give the green light to set them up.