Rummenigge: We need a thriving football culture in Munich

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FC Bayern continue to work meticulously towards allowing games to take place in front of spectators at the Allianz Arena. "Football can lay down markers. It can give an example of how we approach the next steps in this challenging time in our society as a whole. This also applies to the return of fans to the stadiums," said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Football has a culture of a live atmosphere and emotions - and for that we need spectators in the stadiums. FC Bayern would like to be able to organise games with spectators again. To this end, we have created a very serious plan with the greatest care and a great sense of responsibility, according to the guidelines of the DFL and in coordination with the health authorities."

Rummenigge continued: "Many countries look at German football with great respect. The football culture in the Bundesliga is experienced and lived in a way that is second to none. This is even more true at the moment, because with the restart, it was and is a role model for many other countries and sports. I agree with DFL CEO Christian Seifert: We have to act with prudence, but also with courage. Fear shouldn't paralyse us." The return of fans to the stadiums is "an important social sign. And I am convinced that our fans will adhere to the requirements of health authorities and politics as well as hygiene plans in an exemplary and disciplined manner." On the approval of games with spectators in Leipzig, the CEO said: "We congratulate every club that succeeds in developing a plan with the responsible politicians and the health authorities. FC Bayern also stands for quality, and we ask for your trust to allow the live football culture to be experienced in Munich again."

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