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Bundesliga gets green signal to resume season in second half of May

Bundesliga gets green signal to resume season in second half of May

The Bundesliga has received the green signal from Angela Merkel to resume in the second half of May after a meeting involving the German chancellor and state premiers.

The league (DFL) will pick a resumption date for the first and second divisions, with 16 May the earliest resumption, and matches will be contested in empty stadiums. The league is to hold a meeting via video link on Thursday with the 36 clubs in the top two tiers.

Clubs in Germany have been training for around a month amid Covid-19 testing and DFL has been willing to finish the season by the end of June, a time when contracts expire. Players will be tested regularly and clubs will have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.

The push to resume has not been universally welcomed. The DFL said on Monday there had been 10 positive tests for coronavirus among 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division, adding that 1,724 tests were carried out over two rounds among players and staff. Cologne last Friday reported three positive cases.

This week Salomon Kalou has been suspended “with immediate effect” by his club Hertha Berlin after posting a video on Facebook of him breaking physical distancing rules with his teammates.

Christian Seifert, the managing director of the DFL said: “Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.

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