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German football official speaks as Bundesliga set to resume May 16

Christian Seifert, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the DFL has stated that the Bundesliga will restart on May 16.

With this development, the German league will however become the first European league to resume following the coronavirus shutdown.

Bundesliga leaders, Bayern Munich, who are four points clear at the top of the table are expected to travel to Union Berlin next two weekends.

League lovers are expecting fierce rivalry between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in yet another edition of the derby.

Meanwhile, CANDIIDONLINE reports that most teams have nine games to play, with the final weekend of the season rescheduled for 27-28 June.

However, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of the German federal states agreed to ease restrictions during the pandemic.Games will come under strict conditions without fans in stadiums.

Clubs in Germany have returned full training since last month with the hope of finishing their remaining respective nine matches.

Although there are still fears of diseases spreading after three Cologne players tested positive and were placed on a 14-day quarantine.

As the league resumes, several precautions would be taken including social distancing and there is a likelihood the football league include ban of situation where players will celebrate with their team-mates after a goal is scored.

Speaking on the development, Seifert said the decision to resume league games was a good news for Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.

“It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.

“Matches without stadium spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone.

“However, during this crisis, which threatens the existence of some clubs, it is the only option to preserve the leagues in their present form.

“Today I’d like to thank the decision-makers at the state and federal level for placing their confidence in us,” he said.

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Written by Mateen Badru


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