Club lawyer: Fan protests could reignite German clubs' fear of insolvency due to coronavirus

4 May 2020

Germany
Photo: PA Images When the match between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Cologne became the first in the league to play without spectators, a crowd of fans gathered outside the stadium of Monchengladbach to support their team. 

The Bundesliga could reconvene on 16th May, but fans accusing clubs of putting profit over health could throw a spanner in the works for the German Football League (DFL).

If supporters launch protests in breach of safety regulations, the DFL or German authorities could be forced to pause the campaign once again.

According to a lawyer representing more than half the clubs in the German top flight, another suspension of the current season could cause some clubs to go bankrupt.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Eager to resume after a prolonged spell of inactivity, the Bundesliga could this month become the first major European league to reconvene after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it is facing one major hurdle - which is at the core of the recent criticism directed at football. 

A stop might endanger the whole league and contribute to some clubs going bankrupt

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