Bundesliga cleared to restart season from 2nd half of May after government approval


The Bundesliga campaign is free to restart in the second half of May, with the German government giving approval on a return to football action.

Football in Germany has been suspended since March, with coronavirus having infected over 150,000 people in the country so far. Almost 6,300 people have died as a result of the virus in the country.

The league is the first of any of Europe’s major leagues to be given clearance to resume action, since the coronavirus crisis took hold. Two of Germany’s neighbours, the Netherlands and France, have already ended their campaigns.

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

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The majority of Bundesliga teams have nine games left to play in this season – Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen have 10 – with League leaders Bayern Munich four points ahead of Dortmund in second.

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

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

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

After another round of testing, second division team Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in self isolation after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Aue are yet to name the staff member but all players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more testing on Thursday.


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