German league to restart on May 15


The Bundesliga resumes on 15 May, the German league confirmed Wednesday, after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state gave the green light to restart behind closed doors after weeks of arrest imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The German Football League (DFL) confirmed the date of resumption Wednesday night.

“After weighing all arguments, the Executive Committee decided today DFL … to resume play in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga 15 May 2020” the DFL said in a statement to Kicker magazine.

high-flying Germany will become the first major European leagues to leave the game.

“matches will be allowed under the rules approved”, said Merkelat a press conference in Berlin.

High-level politicians Allemagnea approved a plan for the Bundesliga to resume in stadiums without spectators and players regularly tested

The authorization was granted provided that strict rules followed -. with a hygiene officer appointed to each team – to avoid contagion of the virus.

Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer said the players were now a “huge responsibility” to be models and follow hygiene guidelines.

‘wonderful signal

“of today is good news for the Bundesliga decision,” said Christian Seifert CEO of the league .

“There areDoes a great responsibility for clubs to implement medical directives and organizational a disciplined manner. “

Bayern Munich in search of their eighth consecutive title German, were four points clear at the top of the table when the game was stopped in mid-March.

“It is a good feeling. We now look forward to resume playing, “said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, adding that the decision was

His counterpart at Borussia Dortmund” an important signal and wonderful for the Bundesliga. ” – the second club in the table behind Bayern – also welcomed the new

“We are very pleased that people in Germany have behaved if Magnifiq.uement that the spread of the pandemic was at least content “said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

“only because the population was incredibly disciplined now can we gradually move to another form of normality. “

Germany has about 165 000 cases and 7000 deaths of coronavirus, which means qu’ila far prevented its hospitals are also becoming overloaded with other European countries.

economic reasons also lead the decision to allow football to resume.

with 13 of the 36 teams into two main divisions of Germany would have on the brink of bankruptcy, the league desperately needs to reclaim approximately 300 million euro ($ 325 million) contract to Television if the season is over.

league has long urged the game to restart, he says is vital for a sector that employs 56,000 people in Germany.

The team returned to training on April 6, although the sessions were followed strict social distancing rules.

10 cases of coronavirus

The league says its design allows extensive testing games relaunched with a low health risk.

To date, clubs in the top two divisions have returned 10 positive results for coronavirus 1.724 trials since training resumed.

Three are the club of Cologne and two of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The Health Minister Jens Spahn argued that regime control “makes sense and can be an example for other forms of professional sports,” although he warned “it must be lived up to.”

The league and politicians reacted with dismay when Hertha Berlin player Salomon Kalou was filmed shaking hands this week with his teammates, displaying social distancing rules that clubs have developed.

“the video made the league German and professional football a disservice, “Anja Stahmann, who chairs the ministers of regional sports in Germany, told radio BB Rla Wednesday.

Hertha have suspended Kalu and former player Chelsea aged 34 apologized.

Different approaches

Leagues across Europe have different approaches to the unprecedented crisis.

the French league announced last week it will not resume the season, with Paris Saint-Germain has awarded the title of the first order.

Netherlands dropped its season a week earlier.

The English Premier League, the richest European Championship, is to restart in June, but differences emerged on plans to use neutral stadiums.

players of Italian Serie A back in training this week and in Spain, Barcelona say the players have suffered Wednesday coronavirus tests than La Liga clubs have started small AHEA formationd of a proposed resumption of the season next month.

Theleagues Serbian, Croatian and Turkish have also announced plans for matches to restart.

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