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Fortuna Düsseldorf forward Bernard Tekpetey bemoans the absence of fans ahead of Bundesliga return

Published on: 16 May 2020

Fortuna Düsseldorf forward Bernard Tekpetey insists 'something will be missing' when the Bundesliga returns without fans at the stadium. 

As part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the German Football league authorities have prevented fans from going to the stadia to watch Bundesliga matches.

The Bundesliga has been on suspension since March, but returns on Saturday with games across Germany. Tekpetey is delighted by the return of the league but admits the fans will be missed at match centers.

"Football is back and i'm really excited, and proud because that is my passion," he told Tv3. "It is something I really want to do all the time and with this corona, we have been home doing nothing and so I'm glad football is back," he added.

"In games, sometimes we players we love to play when our fans are there with us, cheering us together and singing but in this case we don't have the fans there and it looks like something is missing because sometimes when the fans are shouting and singing it gives us some motivation."

The 22-year old has been ruled out of Fortuna Dusseldorf's game on Saturday against SC Paderborn due to injury.

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