Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game.
The German Bundesliga who returned behind closed doors became the first major football league to resume since the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down sports earlier this year.
“Will it survive long term? Will it damage the show long term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” FIFA’s head of global development Wenger said told Reuters.
“You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution.
However, the Frenchman added that health concerns should take priority in any decision to restart play.
“We can’t be guided too much by financial reasons and take such a big gamble,” he added.
“We have to first make sure this is medically safe.”