Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara expressed his frustration as Bundesliga games will go ahead this weekend despite coronavirus outbreak.
Football across the globe is going through a tough phase due to the coronavirus outbreak. Things have escalated quickly this week, forcing many leagues to suspend games or play games behind closed doors. Bayern Munich’s fixtures have also been affected due to the outbreak.
Bundesliga fixtures are set to go ahead as per schedule this week. Most of the games are set to be played behind closed doors to prevent mass gatherings during games. Bayern Munich is set to travel away to Berlin on Saturday.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed on Friday afternoon that the game against Union Berlin is set to go ahead, but the next couple of gameweeks will be suspended. Die Roten’s Champions League game against Chelsea has already been suspended.
Thiago Alcantara was not exactly pleased with the DFL’s decision to go ahead with this weekend’s game against Union Berlin. The Spaniard took Twitter to express his frustration as he insisted that there are many more important things than a game of football.
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Thiago’s frustrations are understandable as coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. It is the responsibility of various governing bodies to take the necessary steps to protect players and fans from this virus. UEFA finally took a brave call after allowing games to ahead as per schedule this week.
The CL game against Chelsea was set to be played behind closed doors, but Chelsea announced last night that Callum-Hudson Odoi was diagnosed with the virus. Along with Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has also been tested positive for coronavirus. These events forced UEFA to suspend all Champions League and Europa League games.
Rummenigge insisted on Friday that UEFA needs to postpone Euros to next summer if domestic leagues need time to complete their seasons. He admitted that televised games are a big source of revenue for many clubs, so it is necessary that the season resumes when the situation across Europe gets better.
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Rekordmeister are unlikely to have training sessions next couple of weeks if they decide to take precautionary measures. This break will help players to rejuvenate provided that they isolate themselves from the virus. Hopefully, the situation gets better across the globe and we will soon have the stadiums filled with fans witnessing their favourite Bayern players on the pitch.