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DFL warns of Bundesliga losses if fans are unable to return

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), has warned that the Bundesliga’s turnover will drop by as much as €1bn (£909m/$1.2bn) this season if fans are unable to return to stadiums.

Although the Bundesliga season began with a limited number of fans in stadiums, matches have been held behind closed doors since October following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Clubs had been allowed to open their stadiums at 20 per cent capacity, providing local infection numbers were low and the relevant hygiene processes had been approved. It remains to be seen when fans will be able to return in Germany and Seifert has spelled out the potential impact empty stadiums will have on revenues.

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