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German Football League – Bundesliga ready to resume on May 9 if government approves

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, football has been halted across the globe and all major leagues and competitions have been suspended. Despite the fact that this global pandemic is not over yet, Bundesliga is now eager to return to action with plans to play spectator-free games in May.

The league has been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which has infected more than 148,000 and killed over 5,000 people in Germany.

The German Football League (DFL), responsible for operating the Bundesliga and the second division, is determined to finish the current season. Its 36 professional clubs met on Thursday to discuss a restart of the season next month.

Stadiums like the Allianz Arena will remain closed to fans

Its resumption, behind closed doors, remains dependent on government and all federal states’ approval. Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert warned providing an exact date “would be presumptuous and is not in our hands”.

“If we should start on May 9, we are ready. If it is later we will be ready again,” Seifert said.

Finishing the 2019/20 season remains the priority in German football, with Seifert insisting failing to do so would mean “the Bundesliga would be a collateral damage to the coronavirus crisis”.

A maximum of 300 people can be involved at the stadium on match day, according to Sky in Germany.

The Bundesliga is collaborating with five different laboratories to ensure adequate testing for coronavirus.

Players will be tested at least once a week, which would require around 20,000 tests for this season.

Source: Sky Sports

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