“It could be a short-term solution, you can’t imagine a whole season without it”: Arsene Wenger believes fans will be on the pitch during the 2020-21 campaign because he is convinced football will be damaged without them
- Arsene Wenger says playing behind closed doors is detrimental to the game
- He believes it should only be a short-term solution as it ruins the ‘show’ of football
- But commends players for their commitment to playing without their supporters
- Wenger also reflects on FIFA’s decision to add additional subs to the game
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Arsene Wenger believes that organizing matches behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic could be harmful to football if it continues in the long run.
Speaking to beIN SPORT about the Bundesliga’s return, the former Arsenal boss said games without fans would harm football’s ‘show’.
However, with current concerns about the safety and health of players and staff, it is believed that should the current campaign resume this summer, football can be played without spectators all season.
Arsene Wenger says playing behind closed doors will ruin the ‘show’ of football in the long run
Will it survive in the longer term? Will it damage the show in the long run without supporters? I’m convinced of that, “said Wenger.
“It can be a short-term solution; you cannot imagine a whole season without spectators. I think it could be a short-term solution, not a long-term one. ‘
‘The football shown is made by two departments, the players and the spectators. Then you have the other side of the game, the people watching the show. ‘
“We have suppressed the spectators, and only the players are there, so it seems a little empty, but I have to say the commitment of the players great. I’m a soccer person so I like to watch the game technically. ‘
When asked about the best way to end the current campaign, Wenger said, “It’s still the best way to judge at the end of the season, it’s better than any other season.”
As the head of global football development at FIFA, Wenger reflected on the governing bodies’ decision to change the substitution rules.
“At FIFA, we suggested five replacements for one reason, because the schedule is overloaded. It is difficult to repeat the games without more changes. I believe it is difficult to judge in the first game. Overall, I think it’s interesting to watch how it will be used for more than a month.
“I think it’s a good idea because some smaller teams would drop some games and not play their full side if they played every three days. So this encourages them to play with the best possible team in every game. I think it is a good decision. ‘