Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger expects Premier League to return behind closed doors

Antonio Rudiger feels football will return to complete the 2019/20 season but expects games, including Chelsea’s, to be played behind closed doors.

The defender, like most professional footballers, wants to see stadiums packed again once the coronavirus crisis is quelled.

The government’s lockdown is in force to help combat the spread of the virus.

However, it remains to be seen what the approach will be to sport and access for fans in the immediate aftermath.

The Mirror reported this week that players in the Premier League and further down the EFL pyramid would be ready to revolt over plans for games to go ahead behind-closed-doors.

The Premier League have mapped out a plan to return behind closed doors as early as May 2/3 to get football underway again.

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger doesn’t want to see football played behind closed doors, like most top players
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They are under pressure from TV companies to fulfil their fixtures or risk losing hundreds of millions in multi-billion pound TV contracts.

But major concerns have been raised to the Professional Footballers’ Association.

For Germany international Rudiger, 27, it is far from an ideal scenario, although he understands why the discussions are being held.

“Many clubs are financially dependent on whether things go on, but this also applies to many other sectors,” Rudiger told German outlet Kicker .

Games at Stamford Bridge could yet be played behind closed doors once football returns
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“Sometimes even more dramatically, for example, when I think of gastronomy or tourism. Two weeks ago, ghost games were still unthinkable for many fans.

“Of course, this is less fun for everyone. As I said: I love running into a full stadium.

“But I assume that within a few weeks the longing for football will be so huge that in the end everyone, including the fans, would accept ghost games.

“It just…