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Bournemouth goalkeeper Begovic: Don't play games behind closed doors

Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says Europe's leagues need to find a way to resume the season - with the fans.

Begovic, currently on loan at AC Milan, spoke up for the feeling of many who insist the Premier League and every league across Europe should not be abandoned amid the coronavirus concern.

He told the Mirror: “I don't think it's a solution. It's a collective thing. People lose out on the experience - players, staff and, of course, the fans. It's a religion, it's a culture, it's a way of life.

“It was strange playing behind closed doors. Playing in the San Siro when it's empty, you are used to having the fans, when you're the home team you get a crowd advantage, people push you and support you.

“It was so quiet. The buzz wasn't there, the adrenalin wasn't there and it definitely hurt as the home team. We were talking to the players on the other team and it wasn't any fun either.

“I'd rather just delay everything and get the fans in there. The game as we know it, it's with fans, they're part of the whole package.

“There has to be a way of packing everything in, whether that's a short pre-season next year, but we'll see what decisions are made in the next few days.

“The players could cope with it at all. We love to play. We can play every three days. I've been in England for many years with the Christmas period and it's tricky but we've got squads now, players are so fit and we've had some rest now."

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