The announcement followed a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state’s 16 states, via video link. “The Bundesliga (first and second class) can be resumed in the second half of May with respect for the (health) rules that have been agreed upon,” Merkel said after the meeting.
The ball is in the range of German League champions Christian Seibert to determine an accurate date for the return of the league.
The DFB immediately welcomed the move, making it clear that it would outline details at a meeting on Thursday via video technology. “Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga,” said its president Christian Zefert, placing the clubs and their personnel before the “great responsibility” they have “to comply with the regulations in a disciplined manner.”
The German Bundesliga appears set to end the season on June 30 to ensure clubs receive revenue from TV rights estimated at 300 million euros (325 million dollars), with reports indicating that 13 of the 36 clubs in the first and second classes are now On the verge of bankruptcy.
Bayern Munich, the champion of the past seven seasons, topped the Bundesliga rankings when competitions stopped before the twenty-sixth stage (out of 34), four points ahead of direct competitor Borussia Dortmund.
Commenting on the move, one of his most prominent symbols, Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, confirmed that the Bavarian club “is looking forward to being able to resume playing.” As for his counterpart in Dortmund Hans-Joachim-Fatske, he was pleased “because people in Germany acted in an amazing way that helped contain the epidemic”.
it seems that The season’s resume plan was not affected by the detection of 10 positive cases in the first round of Covid-19 infection detection exams. In the ranks of the Bundesliga clubs.
The association has developed a strict health protocol for the return of matches, as it will allow the presence of 300 people during them, and the establishment of areas to avoid contact between people as follows: the “pitch field” area, “platform” area, and “external” area.
Prevention measures will be imposed on players, including the prevention of handshaking and group photos for each team. There will also be blank spaces between players on the bench. The procedures also affect exercise, mobility and residency conditions, and also include regular tests to detect corona in all 36 clubs.
PF / IH (AP, DPA)