Wenger warns holding matches without fans would 'damage' football

Football returned in one of Europe’s major leagues for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown began this weekend as a full round of Bundesliga fixtures was played in Germany without supporters in attendance. Wenger, who now works as Fifa’s head of global development, said playing games behind closed doors was the best option for finishing the current camapign, but insisted the provision can only be a “short-term solution”. “But it’s still the best possible way to have averted the end of the season, it’s better than any other decision.” Despite the remarks, the Frenchman urged caution with regards to returning to normal, citing examples in Italy such as March’s Champions League tie between Atalanta and Valencia, which has been blamed for accelerating the spread of the virus.