German Football League ‘Bundesliga’ to Resume this Month
The Bundesliga will return on May 15, the German league affirmed Wednesday after Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders granted the green light to restart behind closed doors following weeks of lockdowns.
It will become the first significant league in Europe to return to the game, and clubs have been reported by the German Football League (DFL) that it wants to restart on May 15.
According to the reports, the 36 clubs have already been notified in a letter from DFL CEO Christian Seifert, which leading football publication kicker received and mentioned in its release.
“After considering up all the arguments, the DFL Executive Committee concluded today by circular letter to continue to play in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga from May 15, 2020,” it declared.
With nine games remaining, Bayern Munich is head of the table, four points over Borussia Dortmund. The restart will be strengthened on Thursday after the 36 clubs, and the DFL has convened via video link.
Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL, stated: “Today’s decision is great news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2.”
“It is linked with a great responsibility for the clubs and their workers to perform the medical and organizational necessities in a disciplined way. Games without spectators are not an excellent solution for anyone. In a crisis endangering the very existence of some clubs, yet, it is the only way to retain the leagues in their current model.”
The announcement arises a day after clubs in the top two German divisions returned ten positive results from 1,724 coronavirus tests.
Under the DFL’s plan to guard the health of all connected, the games are only to go forward after players have undergone a satisfactory quarantine period in the form of practice camps. Originally that time had been 14 days, but one week may also be attainable with the regular examination and negative test results.