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Germany is expected to revive the Bundesliga later in May

Berlin aims to allow Germany’s Bundesliga to reopen behind closed doors in May after weeks of suspension to monitor the spread of coronavirus, according to the draft government agreement adopted by AFP Wednesday. Politicians agree that restarting the game in the first and second divisions to “limit the economic harm” for the 36 clubs is “reasonable,” the document revealed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of State would set a date for the games to begin at a teleconference later on Wednesday, with the German media claiming that May 22 was a potential choice.

Following the decision taken at the German State and Chancellor Merkel meeting on Wednesday, the League now has to determine whether to continue on 15 or 22 May. Both activities would have to take place behind closed doors – or, as they are called in Germany, ‘ghost sports.’

Merkel said: ‘We have talked about sports and recreation and the Bundesliga, which will be able to resume soon.’

A further conference of the League and the clubs will take place on Thursday to determine when the first match will take place.

Chancellor Merkel had a meeting with the 16 heads of state at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss Germany’s efforts to relieve the lockout – with some of the restrictions removed on Monday.

Although the majority of states were eager to restart on that day, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bremen proposed that it would take place later.

Although the majority of states were eager to restart on that day, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bremen proposed that it would take place later.

 

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Werder Bremen is concerned that their players will not be fit enough to restart because most clubs have not been allowed to train due to the restrictions in their state – and they believe that they need 14 days of preparation.

They are asking for the League to resume again later than the date of May 15.

The Bundesliga had initially planned to resume on May 9, but it was held back.

There was fear that a series of accidents in the past few days may have caused problems. Salomon Kalou was suspended by Hertha Berlin after being filmed in violation of hygiene protocols– shaking hands with teammates, for example

The first two rounds of testing conducted earlier this week showed ten positive coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, the Bundesliga 2 side Aue sent their whole squad into isolation on Tuesday after a positive check was carried out by a staff member.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday that stringent sanctions must be enforced for violations of coronavirus protocols: ‘In the last few days, we have found that individual players need to be more aware that something is at stake.

‘That’s why the strong ban on the German Football League and the individual teams is very, very important.’ But he pointed at the resumption, adding: ‘My feeling, of course, is that several millions of fans in Germany are already wondering when it will start again.’

‘And from other European countries, and even from all over the world, people will be staring at us. This is an immense task for us, which we need to be mindful of with every fiber. We must be aware that it is important to us as well.

Elsewhere in Europe, La Liga’s teams will continue training again this week, while the Premier League’s ‘project Reset’ will be debated more on Monday.

 

Economic benefits

Germany’s powerful DFL soccer league has long advocated the restart of the game, which is crucial for an industry that employs 56,000 people in Germany. It offered the authorities a stringent infection prevention program focused on various coronavirus studies, which it says would encourage competition to be re-launched at low risk.

Health Minister Jens Spahn was of the view that the scheme “makes sense and will serve as an inspiration for other types of competitive competition,” but “it must be lived up to.

German clubs will gain EUR 300 million ($325 million) in TV rights if they are allowed to play for the remaining nine days of the Bundesliga season.

It could help them mitigate some of their financial difficulties, with more than a dozen of the 36 first and second league clubs on the verge of bankruptcy, according to media sources.

The DFL will have a general meeting via video conference Thursday, where the club leaders will finalize the restart details.

 

 

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