Bundesliga will resume on May 15 after being given the go-ahead to restart by Angela Merkel’s government with matches to be played behind closed doors.

The German Football League say the top two divisions will restart amid strict hygiene measures, making the Bundesliga the first top European league to resume since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Matches will be allowed under the approved rules,” said Merkel in Berlin earlier yesterday. The leaders approved a plan by the German Football League, for the Bundesliga to resume in stadiums without spectators and with players regularly tested.

Permission was granted on condition that strict guidelines are followed — with a hygiene officer appointed to each team. Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer said the players now had an “enormous responsibility” to be role models and follow the hygiene guidelines.

Wonderful Signal

“Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga,” said the league’s CEO Christian Seifert. “It’s a great responsibility for the clubs to implement the guidelines in a disciplined manner.”

Bayern Munich, seeking their eighth consecutive Geman title, were four points clear at the top of the table when play was halted in mid-March. “It’s a good feeling. We are now looking forward to being able to resume playing,” said Bayern chairman KarlHeinz Rummenigge, adding the decision was “an important and wonderful signal for the Bundesliga”.

Source : Gulf Times

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