No vaccine, No fans – Hugo de Jonge
Earlier this week, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad agreed with the RFEF to play the Copa Del Rey with fans in the stadium, the tie was indefinitely postponed and both teams potentially forfeit a spot in next year’s Europa League as a result of that agreement. Read: Real Sociedad, Bilbao give up potential Europa League spot
And then today, Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge, confirmed that fans will only be allowed into the stadium when a vaccine had been invented for COVID-19.
“Fans will not be able to attend football matches in the Netherlands until there is a coronavirus vaccine” Hugo de Jonge said.
Football is gradually crawling towards its return without the fans of course but the there’s a growing fear amongst organizers that fans may not be allowed into the stadiums until 2021.
The Bundesliga is set to return later this month, tentatively on the 15th, organisers and clubs are locked in discussion with an IT company to provide an app that will allow fans send cheers and clap from their homes during live games.
This would be transmitted to the stadium speakers at a speed of 0.1 secs to provide support for the players.
The Premier League are monitoring the situation too and may replicate the same thing in England if it works well in Germany.
The suggestion is valid and worth trying for now but nothing can replace the atmosphere created by having fans inside the stadium.
No replacement for fans
The involuntary cheers, boos, scream, and standing ovation in response to different actions on the field of play and even on the sidelines can never be replaced by an app.
But as sad as it may sound, the fans might not be able to gain access to stadiums until next year, according to all present indications.