Don’t get it wrong. It is not to say that there are no fans and admirers of the round leather game. Considering football without fans comes as a result of the global pandemic which has re-shaped the way things operate in our today’s world.
It was a necessary option to follow in March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic got a good grab of many human populations. Football matches were put on hold. At such a moment hardly was there a football league that was played at the last match.
The major leagues in Europe had to hit the pause button to protect their teams and fans. And in looking into the future it was expected that the spread of the disease will slow and that the world may get a vaccine against the virus, but only the former could be fulfilled. And since football is a business it was necessary to bring back the boys to the field.
This resumed play had to introduce an unfamiliar scene. Football without fans. With the resumption of the Bundesliga, we have seen matches being played in an empty stadium. This sort of game reminds us of the team’s training sessions. One may mistake a live game for a training session. Or it reminds us of those days when the absence of fans was a product of a penalty that was placed on a team after match misconduct. Can there be an entertaining football without the fans in the stadium? Your guess is as good as mine.
The noise, the celebrations, the drums, the tears, the fun from the part of the fans can’t be ignored. The Dortmund yellow wall was missing when the BVB side met with their rival from Munich. Indeed, the 12th player didn’t come to the party on 26th May 2020 as Dortmund lost the title challenge to Bayern Munchen. Well, no one can be blamed for this. It is a new reality we have to live with for a while. Soon things will return to what was. The fans will be back and the live training sessions will be gone.