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Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin has revealed when he thinks fans will return to stadiums.

Football remains halted in England and for the most part, across Europe with Bundesliga the only one of the top five leagues to return.

But even German football has returned behind closed doors, something football fans will likely have to get used to.

If the season is to be finished in England, it will be behind closed doors and we are already getting warnings about football without fans for next season.

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But Uefa head Ceferin is optimistic about supporters returning to grounds.

“It’s a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious,” he told The Guardian .

“We know more about the virus and in general I’m an optimistic person.

“I don’t like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people, you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don’t think so.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

“We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I’m absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

Ceferin believes fans will be allowed to return to stadiums ‘sooner than people think’.

“I don’t think that this virus will last forever,” he added. “I think it will [change] sooner than many think.

“It’s a new experience and when we get rid of this virus things will go back to normal.

“Football didn’t change after the Second World War, or First World War, and it will not change because of a virus either. People have said many times that the world will not be the same after … this might be true, but my point of view is why not think that the world will be better after this virus?

“Why not think that we will be smarter, or finally understand how fragile we are, how unprotected we are towards nature? So, there are always lessons to be learned.”

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