German Government Gives Approval For Bundesliga To Resume May

German Government Gives Approval For Bundesliga To Resume May

The Bundesliga season will now restart in the second half of May, with the German government giving the green light on a return to action.

Football in Germany has been put on hold since mid-March, no thanks to the coronavirus which has infected over 150,000 people in the country so far. Almost 6,300 people have died of the disease in the country.

The league is the first of any of Europe’s major leagues to be given clearance to resume playing, since the outbreak of the Covid-19. 

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The French Ligue 1 and Dutch Eredivisie have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Matches in Germany’s top two divisions can take place later this month, without spectators. The German Football League (DFL) will have final say on the exact date for the league’s resumption.

The majority of Bundesliga clubs have nine matches left to play in this campaign – Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen have 10 – with leaders Bayern Munich four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in second.

The league’s potential return had been under scrutiny after Cologne reported three people at the club had tested positive for coronavirus last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after ignoring social distancing measures at the club’s training ground.

Former Chelsea player Kalou, 34, was seen shaking hands with his Hertha team-mates and interrupting a medical check-up of another.

On Monday, the German Football League (DFL) announced a total of 1,724 tests have been conducted on players and staff at the 36 first and second-tier sides in Germany since last Thursday, with 10 individuals returning positive coronavirus tests.

Following another round of testing, second division side Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in self isolation after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Aue have not named the staff member involved but all players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.

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