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Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer knows the importance of football during 2020

With the world facing a pandemic and social unrest, Bayern Munich Herbert Hainer understands how big of a role football can play in leading the way.

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In an interview with Bayern Munich’s club magazine “51”, club president Herbert Hainer talked over several topics that were hot button issues for the club — and the world — in 2020.

Hainer, of course, reiterated Bayern Munich’s commitment to social values during these trying times.

“As a club, we will continue to be aware of our function as a role model and our social obligation,” said Hainer in an excerpt that that was posted on FCBayern.com. “And we will live up to it just as we have in the past. I think our fans can be proud of their club, and not least the players who have once again made an exemplary contribution to society in 2020. Whether it was with regard to coronavirus or taking a stand against racism, the image that FC Bayern portrayed is something to be proud of.”

When asked why Bayern Munich was so concerned with taking public stances on social issues, Hainer indicated that is was a “basic principle of football.”

“Because it’s a basic principle of a football club to take care of people” said Hainer. “A club offers a home and togetherness, and FC Bayern is proud that its fans across the world see themselves as one big family. I also think it’s fundamental to never lose sight of those who are not doing so well. Uli Hoeneß exemplified that here for many decades, and I am completely in line with that.”

Hainer also thinks that Bayern Munich — and the sport of football in general — has a debt to society during this pandemic.

“I think football has an important role in our society, especially in this crisis, because it brings good things to people in a period full of worry and fear,” Hainer said. “Football provides togetherness and dialogue, as well as joy. When I look at myself, in times of a lockdown and limited leisure activities, I look forward to seeing football on TV. I’m watching more football than ever. And I enjoy it. I know our players miss having the fans in the stadium, and I think it’s the same the other way around. We’re still all looking forward to when we can experience all those wonderful emotions together in a stadium again.”

The complete interview in “51” is available in German.