Yes, football..! German Bundesliga to resume behind closed doors on May 16


Yes, football..! German Bundesliga to resume behind closed doors on May 16
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich v FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - September 21, 2019 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Michael Dalder

In Summary

  • The Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on Saturday 16 May - and is the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown.

  • One of the games on the day of relaunch will be the derby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

  • Champions Bayern Munich, who are four points clear at the top of the table, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday.

  • Most teams have nine games to play, with the final weekend of the season rescheduled for 27-28 June.

The Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on Saturday 16 May – and is the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown.

One of the games on the day of relaunch will be the derby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

Champions Bayern Munich, who are four points clear at the top of the table, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Most teams have nine games to play, with the final weekend of the season rescheduled for 27-28 June.

The German Football Association (DFL) said the season would resume under strict health protocols that ban fans from the stadium and require players to have Covid-19 testing.

Around 300 people, including players, staff and officials, will be in or around the stadiums during match days.

The league has been suspended since 13 March; clubs returned to training in mid-April with players working out in groups.

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), held a news conference on Thursday where he said despite the empty stands and other restrictions, “it was crucial to resume play”.

On Wednesday Chancellor Angela Merkel eased some restrictions, allowing shops to reopen with the country seeing fewer than 7,000 deaths from coronavirus.

Seifert said: “The matches will feel different. After the first matchday, we will all know why we prefer games with fans. But that is the framework we have to operate in and I expect the best possible sport within this framework.”

Meanwhile, the executive committee of the World Players Association – which represents 85,000 players and athletes across world sport – will meet next week to discuss medical protocols around the return to sport.

It said in a statement: “All proposals need to be calmly and rigorously assessed by relevant experts with a clear commitment that player health and safety is not negotiable.”

Courtesy- BBC

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