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Bundesliga soccer league to restart matches under strict conditions


Germany has been suggested to permit Bundesliga football to return as a part of initiatives to ease coronavirus restrictions across the country from Friday 15 May.

Germany’s response to the virus has been widely lauded, with a program of mass monitoring introduced to watch new cases and keep the price fairly small.

The last Bundesliga game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Köln happened on 11 March, with a suspension on the action brought into effect later that week.

But where other domestic leagues are abandoned in France and therefore the Netherlands as a result of government orders banning all public activities until September, Germany’s Bundesliga looks likely to be the primary major European league to restart the campaign in 2019/20.

A return was previously expected on May 9, but last week it had been reported that the country’s football hopes to urge the go-ahead from authorities to restart on May 16 or 23.

Most training has already begun in Germany, and Reuters highlighted 15 May as ‘possibly’ the date which will now see the requisite permission given at the state level to play football.

However, there’ll even be ‘strict guidelines’ that has got to be adhered to so as to attenuate the likelihood of a second wave of the outbreak, including no fans permitted within the stadia.

In preparation for the return to action, testing for COVID-19 at Bundesliga clubs has increased, with three positive cases recorded at Köln and 10 total from 1,724 checks on players and staff. The three affected in Köln are in isolation for 14 days and therefore the club has not had any longer incidents.

Both the Premier League and La Liga are looking back to June to end the 2019/20 season, while Italy’s Series A still maintains a desire to finish the campaign.

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