The German Football League (DFL) has revealed that the revenue of clubs in the top-tier Bundesliga dropped by around 5.4% during the 2019-20 season, which was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DFL was forced to suspend the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga seasons in March 2020 as the pandemic took hold, meaning that the final nine match days were held behind closed doors.

As a result, ticket sales in the Bundesliga alone fell by 30% to €363.5m (£312m/$432m). The 18 Bundesliga clubs generated a total revenue of €3.8bn during the 2019-20 season, a 5.4% drop on the previous year.

2.Bundesliga clubs generated a total revenue of €726m, around 7.2% less than the previous year. The overall drop in revenue across the two divisions amounted to around 5.7%.

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