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Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

Bundesliga set to return in May

 The Bundesliga is ready to return back to action in early May, but only if the government gives green light to this.

 

The German league is ready to continue the campaign and the date that they set for this to happen is May 9.

 

The Bundesliga held a meeting with all 36 clubs on Thursday morning, and decided that they are willing to return as soon as possible and they will finish the season by the end of June.


 


Of course, now they are expecting the government to give a permission to continue the season, but for now they are optimistic as Germany has eased the lockdown restrictions.

 

The Bundesliga as all other football leagues and sport events have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 11.

 

However, it is expected that the Bundesliga will resume and the fixtures will be played, but behind closed doors.


 


It has been decided that only 322 people are allowed in and around stadiums for top-flight Bundesliga matches and 270 for second-tier games.

 

All players must be tested weekly as a precaution and prevention of spreading the virus, and the German football federation (DFL) has estimated that 25,000 coronavirus tests at around £90 each will be needed to test every player.

 

The Bundesliga is determined to complete the season at any price as if the season is not finished that may cause some serious financial problems to the clubs, especially the ones in the lowerd devisions.

 

The football clubs might lose around €750m of broadcasting, ticketing and sponsorship revenue if the 2019/20 campaign is not completed. That might even lead to the bankruptcy of dozens of clubs in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga.



The players have been training in small groups with their clubs for two weeks now in anticipation of a return to action.

 

Christian Seifert, the DFL CEO, said: "The Bundesliga is ready to resume, no matter whether on May 9 or a later date. But it's not up to us to find a date. The political decision makers decide.

 

“We have not defined an exact date today. The fact that we are even able to think about resuming games underlines the performance of the German authorities.

 

“If the signal comes in the next week that it can be May 9, then it will be May 9.”