Maybe you should read past the clickbait headline? He talks about how they have to finish the season, because otherwise too many clubs will be in deep financial trouble.Watzke demands season to continue
So, Watzke, the executive director of Borussia Dortmund, demands the season to continue rather sooner than later. Otherwise, the financial damages could be so significant, that clubs could go bankrupt. He's talking about an "economic necessity".
What do you guys make of this talk? A senile capitalist blabbering his irrational opinions in a completely inadaquate time? Or is he simply someone that has the interests of football and his club in hjis mind and therefor doing his job properly to save the league?
I personally think that although there could be some truth to what he says regarding the possible outcome of this crisis on the Bundesliga and the clubs themselves, his demand is of very ill timing. While the whole european population struggle to cope with the current situation, and some parts are basically collapsing ander the new virus, football interests seem very negligible. Obviously there are lots of people depending on a functiong football league, since lots of people are employed by clubs, the media, etc. etc...But still, health in this specific case should always be valued more important, than economic aspects. This idea might change in the long run, when the economic side effects affect the population so negatively, that these cause more damage, than the virus itself. Yet, there should still be time for that to come and to deal with, while the threat of health is absolute imminent and urges a much faster response, than the following economic crisis. Besides, it's very likely that the economic damage that virus causes will be much more severe, the more we wait to deal with it, at least in the long term.
Putting the players and therefor the social environment at risk, sending the wrong signal, giving people a reason to gather in pubs/stadiums etc. just is enough reason to not let the season continue anytime soon. Players will become infected, will infect more players and other people surrounding them, which leads to the very well known exponential growth of infections. Hopefully, the situation will be better come June or July, but there's certainly no guarantee for that. Might as well declare this season null and void so we can at least try (!) to plan for the next one.
But he also says:
"when the authorities give us the green light, that these games are allowed to be played in a very small circle, then we will use the opportunity to do our jobs".
"but of course we can only continue when there aren't any concerns from the experts about it"
"of course we have to ensure through daily testing that these players don't infect their families, teammates or opponents"
he's also doubtful that there will be matches with crowds in 2020.
You can read the whole interview here: https://11freunde.de/artikel/wenn-wir-2020-noch-spiele-mit-zuschauern-sehen-würden-wäre-ich-sehr-glücklich/1633597