Bundesliga set to return as COVID-19 cases in German lowers

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German Bundesliga is set to return to action with plans to play spectator-free games in May.

The German Football League (DFL) said on Thursday that it will be wise to finish the current season’

About 36 professional clubs met to discuss a restart of the season next month.

The BBC sports report that Germany has led the way in its approach to combating the coronavirus pandemic, with its intense programme of consistent testing resulting to far fewer COVID-19 infections.

"If we start on 9 May, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again," DFL chief executive Christian Seifert said.

However, the DFL still requires greenlight from German government.

"For us, what is decisive is what the politicians will decide. It is not for us to decide when.

"Games without spectators are not what we want - but at the moment the only thing that seems feasible," added Seifert.

Despite football being halted across the globe by the coronavirus pandemic with all major leagues and competitions suspended, DFL is adamant that the Bundesliga will kick off.

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich resumed training on April 6, with players practising in small groups and keeping safe distance.

RB Leipzig returned on 2 April, while Borussia Dortmund started with individual workouts two days earlier.

The DFL sent 31 instructions for training sessions early this week, which stipulates that the clubs have to arrange coronavirus drive-through test centres for symptomatic players and staff members.

The use of locker rooms is only allowed if players enter in small groups and stay two metres apart from one another.

 

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