The crisis can be an opportunity for football

Former captain of the Swiss football team, doctor of psychology and psychotherapist, Lucio Bizzini created the first Swiss football players’ union, introduced the psychological approach to matches into the national team, and co-founded the Swiss Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy . He regularly intervenes in The weather on sport.

It will take time before tens of thousands of spectators are allowed to enter the stadiums. Those of the post-pandemic will no longer be the same, probably reduced by 10 to 15% of their capacity, according to stadium architect Mark Fenwick, interviewed by the magazine Urban Fusions. In the medium term, it is likely that some spectators will want to live the show as they used to, without special precautions, that others will continue to respect the spatial distance and safety gestures, and that others finally will go more to the stadium.

The consequences will first of all be financial: security requires paying for restructuring and these costs will be passed on to ticket prices. This already happened in the 1990s in England after the Hillsborough drama, and more generally in reaction to the hooligan phenomenon. English clubs had to equip their stadium with seating only (with fewer spectators), set up the ticket booths, dismantle the fences and hire stewards to watch the fans. Above all, we increased the price of admission to the unit while offering family subscriptions and the rental of boxes in the stands. This more targeted, less “proletarian” public has certainly been one of the reasons for the decrease in the phenomenon of violence inside stadiums (that outside stadiums is another problem, unfortunately not yet resolved, including in Swiss).

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